Time to introduce you to another of my favorite poets, Dvorah Simon. This poem is from her exquisite book of poems, Mercy. Everyone should own it. As well as a poet, Dvorah Simon is a psychologist and runs the poetry writing workshop, “Words Rise Up From Silence.” And she can be found here: https://dvorahsimon.wordpress.com/
What About Them?
by Dvorah Simon
Noticing an audience,
I turn to Him.
“What about them?” I ask, gesturing.
“They seem … eager, or something.”
I am not sure what I am supposed to do.
These whispers and rants
were the very definition of private,
my insidest insides.
He roars and I step back, unthinking,
as if there is a “forward” or a “back,” here.
He’s almost choking like a hacking cough.
Dawningly, I realize it’s laughter.
This goes on for a while, long enough
for my own breathing to settle down.
Finally he finishes in a little happy wheeze.
“Did you think you could speak my Name,”
He says, “and no one would hear?”