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I Must Not Speak

(I do not exist)

By Julie O'Hara - Author, Poet and Spiritual WarriorPublished 3 years ago Updated about 13 hours ago 1 min read
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When I was a child, I could not speak because only adult thoughts mattered.

When I was a teen, I could not speak because authority figures had to be respected.

When I was a worker, I could not speak because my knowledge was threatening.

When I was a wife, I could not speak because my opinions were inconsequential.

Now, as an old woman, I cannot speak, because I do not exist.

I lurk behind my smile and my perfectly made up face and coiffed hair.

I must be pleasant.

I must not speak.

I do not exist. I never have existed.

- Julie O'Hara 2021

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Julie O'Hara - Author, Poet and Spiritual Warrior

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