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  • Writer's pictureMichelle S. Kennedy

Fall Writing Frenzy Poetry Contest 2023

Many thanks to Kaitlyn Sanchez and guest judges Ameerah Holliday and Ebony Mudd for hosting this year's contest and to all the fabulous prize donators! #FallWritingFrenzy



NOTE: To comment on my entry please scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN to the bottom of the page and you'll see the comment section below where it says 'recent posts'. Thanks!




Image #7. Photo by Jonas Mohamadi on Pexels.com


Here's my entry:


GOLDEN SILENCE (WC 182)

by Michelle S. Kennedy


In a world of sensory overload, my Autistic brain silently screams—"QUIET!”


Sounds of autumn pierce my delicate ears:


Birds CHATTER. CAW. CHIRP. CHITTLE-CHEEP!


Leaves CRUNCH. CRINKLE. CRACKLE.


Trees SHIVER and SHUDDER.


Wind wildly WHISTLES and WAILS.


Leaf blowers BUZZZZ. BUZZZZ. BUZZZZ.


I slip off my backpack. Even the sound of the zipper’s ZZZZZZIP! sends unwanted signals

to my brain.


“Noise OFF!” I say in a defiant tone.


I pull out my blue headphones, the ones that save me from the sounds—sounds that most people can ignore, but for some reason, I can’t.


I close my eyes and breathe.


With nerves calming, my other senses come alive. At last, I can focus again.


My eyes open as I readjust to my surroundings:


Birds FLITTING and FLYING.


Leaves TWISTING. TWIRLING like a tornado around my feet.


Trees SHIMMER and SPARKLE in the warm sunlight.


Wind BREEZES through my hair and tickles my skin.


Leaf blowers still BUZZZZ. BUZZZZ. BUZZZZ. But now, I no longer care.


With my trusty headphones, I walk home enjoying the golden silence with a smile on my face.

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2 commentaires


Invité
05 oct. 2023

Well done, I could feel the overwhelm in your writing an the peace of the headphones! Wishing you the best in the contest!

J'aime

Invité
04 oct. 2023

Sweet story Michelle, goes perfectly with the image you chose. And great explanation of what those with sensory issues go through! And good luck (of course!).

J'aime
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