Never let the silence start:

it grows until it breaks your heart.

The years will come, the years will go,

you can say yes, but also no

building a lonely, proud rampart.

Never let the silence start.


Never close down, never say

all we could be was yesterday.

Once you let the silence start

it spreads until it breaks the heart,

so never close down, always stay

open to each shared new day


for the years may come and the years may go

and where they go to we don’t know

but if you let the silence start

then we’ve already come apart

and loneliness will grow and grow

and cover everything, like snow.

First published in Snakeskin 245, November 2017