Friday, April 30, 2010

My Voice

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I have found my voice.

I am not sure where or when

I lost it,

but I found it


inside me.

I recognized it immediately

as it lifted

from my heart

and resonated

with my soul

and sang

a verse of truths

that are my deepest secrets

and longings.


but I no longer need your words:

Mom, Dad,




loyal soldier,

mass media,


Mr. President.

Please reclaim the voices

in my head,

at my ears,

behind my back.

I gift them to you

without reluctance

or regret.

Take them in ribbon

and fancy wrappings.

Come join me,

a nice glass of wine

and a porch swing with

a mountain view.

Sit back,


This is the sound of

my voice.

(c) 2003-2011/Jamie K. Reaser
Published in "Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out" (

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