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Words For Silent, Empty Rooms

I’m still getting used to this lion in my mouth.

But sometimes

the notion of seen and not heard

still aches in my chest,

despite the waterfall of words I seem to spout

whenever my lips part.


When you’re trying to stay silent,

some times it helps if you cover up the abscene

with something meaningless

and hollow,

like empty poetry.


Laughter is also good.

If you can laugh about it,

it can’t of been so bad.


But time can chip away at you if you let it.

Too much silence

can eat the soul of you completely.

Not matter how small

the seed.


If we just don’t mention it,

ignore it and carry on,

then it’s not that big of a deal

so why make a fuss.


Women always make a fuss.


At night I feel silly,

walking with my car keys turned

to the sharp edge of a key-chain,

cold and hard against my palm


Alone is when I think about the school corridor,

his face split in two with that sneer

as I tried edging past him,

never close enough to touch

but clear and looming

this way was no longer mine to go.


In the light of my own hallway

I drop keys, and bag, and shoes,

and every memory of him,

the other lurking moments too.


We don’t speak about those here,

we don’t like to make a fuss,

those are the things for silent, empty rooms,

and notepads destined to gather dust.


I think if I was to write a collection of poetry then it would be called Words For Silent, Empty Rooms and I’d fill it with poems like Office Bitch and Legs Eleven.

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. I enjoyed the reading. Nice last stanza summarizing and holding attention with the near rhyme on “fuss” and “dust”.

  2. What a wonderful poem showing how silence eats away at the soul. Love the recording, it flows so well. This is a magnificent piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. Wow! This is powerful, Carol, and as a woman, I relate to so much of it – from the being heard and not seen, to the threat of predators, to the not talking about it. So well written, and read. (By the way, in the audio version you have omitted some words – it works well this way.)

  4. I agree with V’J. , Carol. This is indeed a powerful poem. I lke the idea of covering up things you can’t cope with, with empty poetry and laughter – I tend to giggle when I’m embarrassed, upset or afraid. The lines I completely identify with are:
    ‘Too much silence
    can eat the soul of you completely.
    Not matter how small
    the seed’;
    ‘Alone is when I think about the school corridor’;
    ‘we don’t like to make a fuss,
    those are the things for silent, empty rooms,
    and notepads destined to gather dust’.

  5. Glad you wrote about it and shared your words, even if “we don’t speak about those [moments] here.” LOVE the audio recording!

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  7. WOW!!! I am a bit speechless. I listened and read along more than once. The audio added a whole new level of power to your words.

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