Madness Disguises Sanity

Sometimes
I mutter
as I walk
people stare/pass by
on far side

To be
one of those
desolate men
lounging in
stench alleyways
forever talking
to the wind
their words
bullets
people shy from

But I’m a woman
conditioned
to nurse screams
like a mute child

I write”

 

– Opal Palmer Adisa

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