Brian Dean Powers, Summer 2016

My Voice
Brian Dean Powers

I always sound hoarse.
Like a radio half-tuned to the station.
It’s hard to make myself heard.

I repeat myself often, every day.
It’s hard to make myself heard.
That’s the voice I have.

I can’t converse in noisy places.
Don’t ask me to speak to a group.
I’d rather not talk at all.

It’s hard to make myself heard.
There’s a furrow in my vocal folds.
There’s a flaw that can’t be fixed.

You might not hear my hello.
What can I say?
That’s the voice I have.


Brian Dean Powers is a lifelong resident of Madison, Wisconsin. His work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines throughout his home state. Three of his poems have been set to music by Madison composer, Brian Schultz. Follow his blog at briandeanpowers.wordpress.com.

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