I Don’t Want to Hear It

USE YOUR INSIDE VOICE

use
your inside voice
calm and still
or strident
clear and strong
the voice you use
to tell yourself
that once again
you’re wrong

your inside voice
the one no one
can hear
never shouts
out loud
but speaks your mind
your fear

that inside voice
so haughty
with its snide
remarks and yet
harmonics
whisper gently
urge you never
to forget

your inside voice
still yours to
control
withering or
soothing
shouting praise
or vitriol

the voice you use
when no one else
is near
your inside voice
speaks freely
you don’t listen
but you hear

use your voice
the words should
be your own
you control the
volume
own the content
set the tone

use
your inside voice
it’s yours and
yours alone

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