The act of donning silence confuses me
it's like putting on two different socks
or a suit of purple chain-mail.
Many people choose to dress this way
leave their house as if nobody will notice
their underwear is on the outside.
At least Madonna had the balls to arrive
on stage, bra pointing at the crowd as if to say
A-ha! - belted out a song as if to smash
silence like a pumpkin thrown from a roof.
These veils that cover the mouth, these
speaking holes in the bank glass
these choices we make to stop
everything from disturbing the peace
I ask you -
has a bird ever chosen not to sing