Learning not to speak

Learning not to speak
In the corporate jungle
Or tumbling down those
Glass-slipper, serendipitous slopes
Of wild-west office parks
Elegantly architected
For sliding bellies
And cold-blooded living

Where barely a snowflake
Has the time to drift into view
Occasionally, wonderfully
Before self-extinguishing mid-flight
And casting a great rift
Through the tunnel of my vision

Where I fancy I’m dissolving into
A gentle rain of blue flames
Dispersing aged misanthropic mists
Permeating life sublime…
It’s the opposite of reality
But I’m persisting, unwittingly

Until integrity rises from the earth
To guard this being
From brutish bards bearing
Arrows and agendas and
Conjuring up smokescreens
Of blame and shame and other games
Of the corporate cube-farm-elite

I’ll throw a discrete penny
for absence or presence
Rather than surrender
This essential knowing who I am
That rose from learning not to speak
Over and over and ever
Until I spoke.


25 thoughts on “Learning not to speak

  1. Applause for a powerful,gritty, true poem that carries a lot of weight. One chooses one’s battles, but it is hard to not speak out on many occasions in the corporate world that tries to destroy human decency.

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  2. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    “Of wild-west office parks
    Elegantly architected
    For sliding bellies
    And cold-blooded living”
    An incredible and sharp choice of words. Brilliant Robyn. I hope you have a peaceful and inspiring new year. 🙂

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    • jamborobyn says:

      Hey thanks Nomzi, I really appreciate your support. I had a lot of fun writing this. Gave me a bit of distance from a challenging 2014. Peace and good wishes to you for the new year also.


      • Nomzi Kumalo says:

        It sounds like it. Nothing like the wind of truth. Now that sounds like a poem in the making for me. What a year that was indeed. Oh my. 😀 Thank you for the kind wishes Robyn. Let’s keep on writing. 🙂


  3. idiotwriter says:

    Reblogged this on Idiot Writing and commented:
    One of the best poems I have read ( I was going to say this year but that would be insulting!) so – in a long time. Professional, expressive, real…just flipping amazing OK!

    Liked by 1 person

    • jamborobyn says:

      Wow! It’s all a bit overwhelming… I can’t thank you enough for the lovely comments and the reblog. It’s brought such lovely people to visit. I’m so glad you enjoyed this poem.

      If your looking for tongue-in-cheek tips on how to successfully navigate a business meeting, I’m going forward with “not speaking” and “doing nothing”.


  4. feverdreams says:

    What an incredible poem. You do language proud – well worth the silence and the learning not to speak if these words, this, is you truly speaking.

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  5. awax1217 says:

    I was the one who spoke and like the spoke in the wheel I was spun around until I was dizzy with my own ego going in directions I could not control.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Reblogged this on The Iridescent Bubble and commented:
    Deep, flowing waters of silence – spoken.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Miss Lou says:

    Powerful, Beautiful, Aged (Experience), Wise…

    Powerful ‘entities’ making decisions affecting so far beyond anything they imagine and almost always at the detriment to integrity, the human condition and common decency.

    #Greed #Repression #Selfisness

    Beautifully written , Robyn.


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    • jamborobyn says:

      Such an awesome comment, Miss Lou! Thank you 🙂

      If I could draw, I would do these cartoons…
      ~New Global CEO of World Corporation Unlimited – Jiminy Cricket!
      ~Vote #1 for Jiminy Cricket.
      ~Jiminy Cricket wins the noble Peace Prize for being… well, noble and peaceful.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Phil Taylor says:

    Brilliant! Loved it!


  9. B.C Meurk says:


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