In honor of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris taking office today I decided to write a poem about the importance of voice.
A lone fish fighting the rush of a roaring wave,
The piercing wail of a newborn baby in a nursery,
The stench of a rotten banana in a trash can,
Voices can be masked by other influences.
Speaking does not equal being heard.
Sound does not equal being listened to.
A fish swims against the current,
Fighting against the tide
Fish are like people.
The slippery green tones of an eel,
A sly neighbor.
In a sea of people.
Different and unique
The ascent to the surface
No matter how hard,
Or how loud people are
They still get swept up
Into the current,
And lost at sea.
Many people voice their opinions
Without truly being recognized.
Without truly being heard.
The omega, bottom of the crop.
Don’t have a voice at all.
Ideas and thoughts
And the very thing that makes people unique