Tendrils tangle.

Throat strings snag

like the line of a tie-dyed child’s plaything.

A troublesome knot halts my ascent

making me an unwilling taciturn.


tied up-and-twisted;

dip my timbre between trembling lips.

Once loquacious,

I try,

unable to find my voice.

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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Such an evocative piece, Kir. Love the phrase – line of a tie-dyed child’s plaything. Nicely done.

  2. Lovely piece, Kir. I particularly like “throat strings snag.” I can feel it happening!
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  3. well now!

  4. Some really wonderful sounds here in the poetry, begs to be read aloud…and that’s the poignancy of the piece. The voicelessness can mean so many things. Lovely, lovely work.
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  5. I love that you used the word loquacious.

    Your language is always beautiful, but it was especially beautiful in this piece. Karen
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  6. “unwilling taciturn”…what deliciousness! I can’t say it five times fast, but I just love the way those words move across the tongue.
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  7. Kir, I love the way you incorporated so many different “t” words. Really adds to the beauty of this.
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  8. This is both beautiful and heartbreaking. I can definitely relate to the voicelessness.
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  9. Don’t you just hate it when your throat snags and you’re rendered voiceless? I could feel the pain of it.

    God bless you,
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  10. Wow I love every word of it Kirsten. A very good take on the prpmpt this week! All those well described voices make this a beautiful article

  11. Such a plethora of images, Kir! Tied up and twisted took me right to Dave Matthews (< 3) No fear, you will never lose your voice!
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  12. The need to speak and the inability to do so. How frustrating! Loved it.
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  13. lovely language here!
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  14. Love the use of taciturn as a noun! That line speaks volumes.

  15. i love the line, ‘dip my timbre between trembling lips.”

    you play them words like a fiddle. gorgeous!
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  16. Beautiful, beautiful imagery.
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  17. I normally don’t “get” poetry, but this? This I get.
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  18. This is so lyrical. Beautifully crafted.
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  19. Lovely piece. Well done.
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