October 10, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Ken Gierke




Too Silent, Too Long



Voices remain silent.

They know,

but they don’t, really,

so they feel helpless


in their not knowing.

Ask the victims?

Make them relive their pain?

Questions unasked,


not knowing what to do,

while the survivors suffer

inner voices with their own

unasked questions.


And the accused,

or unaccused, given

the circumstances,

live free of conviction.


Aside from the victims,

is anyone innocent?






Ken Gierke

Ken Gierke started writing poetry in his forties, but found new focus when he retired. It also gave him new perspectives, which come out in his poetry, primarily in free verse and haiku. More of his work can be found at https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Ken Gierke October 10, at 15:29

    If the message that came out of the Kavanaugh hearings was that women should think twice before reporting sexual assault, does that mean the rest of us should turn a blind eye? I don't think so!


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