We Mouthless

Mutated life forms, hidden away
in shapes that look like your own
for fear of exclusion, of things that you may
do if our true shapes are known.
We are legion, we mutants, we freaks
and we’ll find all the others in time
and we’ll gather together when your voices speak
and we, mouthless, won’t forgive your crimes.


Linked to The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.”

Linked to Protest and Outrage: Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2017.

18 thoughts on “We Mouthless

  1. Mutants and freaks are putting their boots on and sharpening their tongues. We are figuring out that our different is precious and unstoppable… if we stand close to each other, reminding the mind next to ours that the world is made of everyone (or nothing).

    Hear us roar! (cliche, but still good).

    Love this, Esther.

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  2. Such a strong and fiery poem, Esther! Especially like; “and we’ll gather together when your voices speak and we, mouthless, won’t forgive your crimes.” Beautifully penned.

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  3. I liked the power, pride and promise in this piece. Those who have been denied a voice can find that if they stand with others who have been similarly denied, together they have a voice strong enough to bring down walls.

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  4. And when the mutants and freaks find their voice and come together, no crime will be forgiven. I can relate. Very powerful piece!

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  5. Got goosebumps reading this….they always say “watch out for the quiet ones…you don’t hear them coming” XXX

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  6. “for fear of exclusion, of things that you may
    do if our true shapes are known.”

    For a long time, I did live like that. I still do a bit — I’m a teacher and must leave part of my witch in the broom closet — but as I get older, fear of exclusion loses its hold on me more and more.

    What a powerful poem. Thank you.

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