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YOUR VOICE by Ulli Stanway

I wrote this at 3.30 in the morning…

It had been a challenging day before. During a discussion I had to leave the room, as I could not bare my anger and I felt tears rising up. I have never understood this about me. Am I too sensitive? This was a highly professional discussion, nothing personal. Yet I was overwhelmed by a tsunami of emotions.

This morning after a few hours sleep these words arose in me. I allowed them to flow onto paper and I hope they will inspire you to find your voice. You are perfect how you are; anger, tears and all.
Photography by Elizabeth Gibb

Your Voice
by Ulli Stanway

Your voice wants to be heard
That subtle hint in your heart
That something is wrong
Yet you deny it
Allowing the wrong doing
Hiding your pain behind a pretty smile

You already know what you want
Please say it
Out loud
You know and feel when something is wrong
Trust this feeling
Have faith in this deep knowing
I ask of you now
Do not be silent any longer

This anger you feel
Rising up
This stream of tears
That is wildly moving upwards
From the depth of your throat

You are not too sensitive
You want to stand up and speak
Your mind
Yet you cannot do so
As it is not truly welcome

He says he wants to know
He wants honesty

When it comes to it
Things will be twisted
And turned
His way

And you have this feeling again
That this is wrong
So very wrong
Yet your voice
Is being silenced
By yourself

I dare you to stand up
And say out loud

What you feel
What you think
What you need
What you want

In all its truth
Do not hold back
Let your voice be heard
Let those words be spoken
What do you have to lose?

If you don’t speak up
If you never let your voice be heard

One day
You will
Lose your soul.

Ulli Stanway: "I am a 41 year old rising poetess/writer/day dreamer and life lover. I live in Melbourne Australia with my beautiful husband. I love nature and I am a confessing tree hugger. I am working on my dream website called “Desire your own happiness”, which I hope will inspire other kindred souls to follow their own dreams and skip down a path they truly enjoy. I believe in becoming your authentic self, become who you are with all your quirkiness, weirdness and amazing talents. We don’t need to have countless copies of the same story being told. Be you, all that you are and that is perfectly enough. And you are so very needed. My mantra is taking your shoes off and run barefoot, in the rain whenever possible. Embrace everything you are. Here and now."

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  1. You are a very talented lady Ulli.
    Keep writing and sharing your feelings you are amazing at it.


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