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Paying the Price of Silence

Silence was my savior,
and silence was my end. 
Silence was my only friend,
but I paid the price in the end.

I wouldn't speak when I was young,
No matter what the problem,
I silenced my tongue.

Inside I was crying,
but you couldn't really tell. 
Inside I was screaming,
please release me from this hell.

As an adult I broke in two,
in pieces I did fall,
I kept the silence over the years,
and put up a big wall.

I had a nervous breakdown,
at last I had to speak,
even I was surprised
at what I had buried so deep.

Talking was the beginning,
to the healing of my soul,
and let the past and demons
give up and just let go.

                                                 COLLEEN MARIE BONO
                                                     February 25, 2012

Copyright © Colleen Bono

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  1. Date: 4/7/2013 3:12:00 PM
    Silence saved the bitter soul from ending up alone. For that was when he heard the sound, an ever peaceful tone. Serenity, just like a salve became his solace joy. Reminding him that's who he is, like when he was a boy. Peace. :)

  1. Date: 3/17/2012 7:07:00 PM
    i'm glad you snaped out of it. was it someone in perticular that made you come out of your shell?

  1. Date: 2/25/2012 5:47:00 PM
    Dear Colleen you are a beautiful poet and this poem really touched my heart. Oh I pray the demons go away you have so much depth and love to offer. Hugs your friend Lizzie

  1. Date: 2/25/2012 4:48:00 PM
    an excellent poem showing your talented abilities and a strong, positive message of healing. Wonderful, Colleen

  1. Date: 2/25/2012 3:52:00 PM
    And poetry is another step in cleansing the soul. I have enjoyed your work today. Michael