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Frozen: Still Waiting


Tongue tied at age six I wait for its undoing.

It’s only becoming worse this paralysis of talk

This awkwardness of face

This immobility of lips

(When trying to respond to a question

The witness is unable to form words, your honor).

She’s not being obdurate or intransigent,

Its her tongue


(What happened to cause this? Asks the judge.)

Faces at close hand

Strangers questioning her opinions

“Shyness, also called diffidence, is the feeling of apprehension,

Lack of comfort, or awkwardness especially when a person is in proximity

With other people. (Wikepedia, the free encyclopedia)


It may also be caused by accidental birth as a female.

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5 responses to “Frozen”

  1. deborahweir Avatar

    Hi Lucinda,

    I love your blog. Thank you for the updates.

    Kay Langan held up well during her husband’s funeral today. Most of our Pen Women attended.

    Best, Deb

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. lucindaw Avatar

      Hi Deb:
      Thanks for your nice comment. I wish I were in town more often as I miss our group.

  2. spideri2013 Avatar

    Great! Xo

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Margaret Watson Avatar

    Each poem you have presented over the last few weeks becomes even more astonishing. This one in particular sings with a form (sonnet) questions, references,
    but the reader is in the poem. Such tricks you use to produce a great poem. I’m
    in awe. And to read aloud, the true test! Wonderful!

  4. lucindaw Avatar

    Thank you, Margaret. Maine is inspiring me.

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