The Day of Silence is a "national youth-run effort using silence to protest the actual silencing of LGBT people due to harassment, bias and abuse in schools." (DOS website)
The Day of Silence
For me was relaxing, almost
Soothing like the rhythmic current
But it was loud like hurricanes.
It was an excuse for many things –
Not to answer questions,
Not to laugh or smile.
People looked at me
With changed perspective.
I believe in what I believe in,
And on that day the tape on my mouth
Screamed them to the world.
I felt a sense of power, a sense of
Boldness and guiltlessness.
Finally I was unafraid to show myself.
I wore my tape like a medal, a flag
Not a label, nor a clique.
And I enjoyed not being able to speak.
The silence I withstood was beautiful.
No one laughed at me for something stupid,
Frowned on me for something mean,
Corrected me for something wrong.
If I cannot speak, I cannot speak evil.
The handicap was a gift.
When you are silent you can hear things,
You are not ignorant, because
What else can you do but to hear?
And touch, smell, taste?
Speaking dominates feelings,
And on that day I got them back.
By not speaking I realized that,
I never really had to speak anyways.
It was okay to hold in words without
Meaning and thought.
I would rather tell them in other ways.
On that day I hugged more people
Than I have ever hugged this year.
Just to say thank you, or nice to see you, or
It is easy to be silent,
And it takes so little to be bold.
When that tape finally came off,
We all screamed like wolves howled.