Poetry is written for the quiet ones,
the soulful ones,
the ones who let thoughts tangle in their throats
before they ever get tangled in their hair.
Poetry is written for the soft ones,
the shy ones,
the ones who dance in midnight shadows
and sip on moonlight tea.
Dear poets writing for the quiet ones,
you fuel their souls
with the same hope and assurance
that I see in each of their eyes;
and you offer a voice
to the hearts that are pulsing with languages
the world has not learned to speak.
Dear poets writing for the quiet ones,
thank you.
But poetry isn’t written for the loud ones,
the spirited ones,
the ones who let their souls shine through their eyes
because they are too bright to hide beneath their skin.
Poetry isn’t written for the open ones,
the warm ones,
the ones who find each trace of beauty mingled with the dust
and cannot help but speak it.
This is for the loud ones,
to fuel their souls
with the same freedom and vibrance
that I feel in each of their smiles,
and this is to offer a voice
to the ones who feel that they are more noise than sound,
but who keep speaking for fear of never being heard again.
This is for the loud ones,
the excited ones,
the ones who laugh too much
because bottling their joy
is something they will never fall prey to again.
This is for the bright ones,
the lively ones,
the ones who walk the night with stars in their hair
because they spent the morning chasing the sun.
This is for the loud ones,
to remind them
that the quiet ones are not always wiser than you
or deeper than you,
and it does not make you less beautiful
to give more of yourself to the world.
You need the quiet ones, the soulful ones,
and oh, darling, you need the soft ones.
But dear loud ones,
the quiet ones need you.

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