Literary Orphans

TEEN SPIRIT: Muffled Whispers by Verity Cartwright

Muffled whispers

Quiet enough to shut me out but

Loud enough to confirm my suspicions.

Muffled whispers

About the party this Friday night

That I am not invited to; I was not supposed to know.

Muffled whispers

‘What are you wearing?’

‘Jeans and a nice top. What about you?’

Muffled whispers

Something I really didn’t expect;

I sit with you at lunch; I’ve been here for years.

Muffled whispers

I hear that the new girl is going

But me, I’m not invited.

Muffled whispers

Quiet, perhaps, because you feel guilty;

You know that you are leaving me out.

Muffled whispers

About me, but I don’t know why;

What did I do to you?

Muffled whispers

That get quieter when you all glance at me

And then look away quickly, not smiling.

Muffled whispers

The only way to talk to you;

The people I call my best friends.

Muffled whispers

Words I wish you would say louder,

Because now I’m just left with

Muffled whispers

Which crowd my mind

Until my thoughts are simply

Muffled whispers.

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Verity Cartwright is a sixteen-year-old writer who loves writing short stories and poetry; most recently her work has featured in the Daphne Review and the Stinkwaves Magazine. When she isn’t writing, Verity enjoys walking her dogs,  watching TV shows, and spending time with friends and family. 

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–Art by Piotr Kaczmarek