maybe it's not loud enough
for them to hear
when I tell them,
"Please stop, you're hurting my feelings!"
maybe it's too quiet
for them to listen to
when I say,
"Please don't hit me anymore, it hurts!"
maybe it's not bold enough
for them to want to understand me
when I scream,
"I need someone to help me, but I don't know how to ask!"
maybe it's not clear enough
for them to make out my words
when I whisper,
"I've had enough pain and I want out."
it's actually plenty loud and bold and clear
the problem is I didn't say these things at all
I'm too scared
and so they stay as thoughts.