better just seen: a poem

 you taught her to talk less
 better seen and not heard
 you went so far as to tell her
 that people would take her more seriously
 if she spoke less
 because it would imply that any time she does talk
 it must be important
 for her to break her silence
 it’s always the quiet ones
 who are perceived as smart
 and as having things worth saying
 yet somehow
 ever since you’ve told her this
 the pen hasn’t left her hand 
Photo by lascot studio on

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