The Silence That Shouts

CaptureMy Featured Blogger this week is Mike Utley of Silent Pariah. Mike has nearly complete hearing loss, but lives in a rural area with few if any deaf support services. Hence, the internet is his way of communicating with the world. And communicate he does — his poetry and photography speak volumes. Mike is not silent, and he is no pariah.

Silent Pariah

(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley


ursine winter’s claws
rend and tear and desecrate
yellow petals fall



this endless winter
memories of sunflowers
as the cities burn



children shall run free
in gilded sunflower fields
when this winter ends



glowing sunflowers
where there is light there is hope
we stand with Ukraine



sunflower seeds
plant the gardens of healing
watered with tears



cowards who start wars
shall die in ignominy
putin’s legacy

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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12 Responses to The Silence That Shouts

  1. Mike U. says:

    Thanks so much, Mitch. I’m truly honored to be recognized by you as your featured blogger this week. It really means a lot to me. Many thanks! 🙂 Also, I want to add that I have several Isaac Air Freight albums from back in the day, so this makes this reblog even more special to me! Thanks again! 🙂

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  2. Pingback: “Featured Blogger of the Week” at Mitch Teemley’s The Power of Story Blog – Silent Pariah

  3. jbh42 says:

    Great job and thanks for recommending!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. revruss1220 says:

    He is really good! Thanks for letting your part of the world know about him. He hits the nail squarely on the head. Just like you so often do.

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  5. Terveen Gill says:

    Mike writes so beautifully. His work speaks for itself and I can only add that he is remarkably talented. His words and pictures deserve to be featured. 🙂

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  6. A wonderful feature, Mitch. Mike is turning into one of my go-to bloggers with his beautiful photography and poetry. A great share.

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