Celebrating East African Writing!


Written by Shiro Njagi

I was hoping

You would see inside my mind

So I wouldn’t have to say a word

I was hoping

You could read my expression

And tell me the words I so longed to hear

I was hoping

My feelings were hidden

Behind my face that is an open book

I was hoping

You wouldn’t see the tears

That threatened to teeter down the edge of my eyes

I was hoping

You would understand my need for pride; for dignity

But here we are

Words said

Feelings unsaid.

©Shiro Njagi

This poem is part of the April 4th 2011 Freedom Poetry Competition. You have until April 29th 2011 to read and vote for it. Please comment and indicate your opinion of the poem on a scale of 1 to 5.


2 – POOR

3 – OK

4 – GOOD



One comment on “Unsaid

  1. machariamichael
    April 12, 2011

    i like the contradictions running through unsaid. so true that words sometimes mask feelings.interesting that the speaker expected us to be mindreaders and decipher unspoken vote 4


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