T is for Tacent

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unsociable truths

buttoned up, muted

silentious racism,

hidden inconversable destruction,

daily decimation

as a voiceless world

watches close-mouthed,

evacuate these fields

hush its people

with restrained violence

noiseless vacuum

strike them dumb

’til they are voiceless,

their children curbed

into unsociable restraint


Tacent = silent

Synonyms: bashful, buttoned up, checked, clammed up, close, closed up, closemouthed, curbed, dumb, dummied up, faint, hush, hushed, iced, inarticulate, incoherent, inconversable, indistinct, inhibited, laconic, mousy, mum, mute, muted, noiseless, nonvocal, not talkative, reserved, restrained, reticent, shy, silentious, soundless, still, struck dumb, taciturn, tongue-tied, unclear, uncommunicative, unheard, unsociable, unspeaking, voiceless, wordless, zipped


For other posts visit ABC Wednesday: The letter T


Due to technical difficulties (the bloody laptop died and is still dead) I was VERY late getting the letter S up – too late in fact. But in keeping to my plan I have written a letter S poem.




Plan Dalet

Plan Dalet (Plan D)

Breaking the Israel/Palestine Silence

The Right Must Leave: No Dawdling. No Loitering.

Re-Thinking Israel-Palestine: Racial State, State of Exception


I got an award for this poem!!!

Thank you Thursday Poets Rally for the Perfect Poets Award


I nominate RoughWaterJohn the Pirate for the next award


  1. Yes, it’s difficult to decide when to speak and when to shut up. I did the latter recently, and I’m regretting it. see my blog on Thursday.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team


    1. Silence – not speaking out – is to me as bad as doing the deeds themselves. Sadly our societies tend to drive people to remain silent, stand apart, because we’ve taught them that they are powerless to help or to change.


  2. Hi, Jo

    Your powerful poem reminded me of this:

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    I googled it to find the exact words. Your poem is very compelling, and these lines are particularly eloquent:

    as a voiceless world

    watches close-mouthed


  3. notice that you won the perfect poet award for poets rally week 57, welcome take it,

    join us any time when you are free.

    outstanding poetry along the way, truly enjoyed your lasting support.

    keep rocking.



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