I speak to an invisible audience
The people before me I can’t see
I speak to a crowd of absence

The empty eyes stare back at me
I speak to a blank wall
The echo resounds to nobody
I speak to those deaf to the call
The voice trapped within me

I speak to you speaking to me
The shouts emerge inside out
I speak to us collectively
The listener, yet, remains not

I speak to someone, anyone
The desperation begins
I speak until lost is the sun
The attempt dawns on pain

I speak and I continue on
Though nobody hears
I speak, defiantly pressing on
Though now, I speak in tears
Lisa Ahé.