Words Unspoken

Garth Rakumakoe

From the wine glass beside her

tears and sorrow overflow

as the warm running tap

meets the worried visitors

by the doorstep

in flowing red carpet


Floating, in her final quiet place

and open wrists, in that moment

she says all she could never say


The notes grant her every wish

as in the background, on repeat

Elton John sings Nikita

knowing very well the bathtub

runs so deep, the depth of her departure

is something, they will never understand


Even so, in their hurried attendance

they never take the time

to hear her unspoken words, pouring

out the mouth, of the unrelenting tap

just as she predicted -

In her silence, all she wanted

was just to be heard




  • Author: Garth Rakumakoe (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: October 16th, 2023 12:57
  • Comment from author about the poem: At times we are drowning, and all we need is just to be heard, lest we become voiceless, in the sea of our despair.
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  • novaa

    Conveys a very deep message. Sad yet a nice write!

    • Garth Rakumakoe

      Much appreciated Novaa. Thank you for the kind visit.

    • Mr. Not

      powerful read with an important message

    • Garth Rakumakoe

      Accept my gratitude, fellow writer. ❤🙏🏼

    • Parisab

      I don’t know why this takes me to that moment for Whitney Houston! Huge voice but not necessarily heard in the noise of it all-Thank you for giving voice for all those who have felt voiceless at times…

      • Garth Rakumakoe

        I suppose to listen and to hear are not the same thing, and make a huge difference to all of us, in dire moments especially. Very true about Whitney... Thank you dear Poet.

      • SharonMoemise

        A real tear-jerker. Very well written. Often, people choose a way out that they believe conveys their message, yet will never know that it leaves loved ones in despair as well.

        • Garth Rakumakoe

          I couldn't have said it better. The tragedy in the most tragic, when only the remaining scene knows the questions and answers. Thank you so much for the kind visit. 🙏🏼

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