If I go silent, it won’t be because I have nothing to say.
It won’t be for lack of consideration, compassion, or interest.
If I go silent, it will be your fault
for failing to listen,
for screaming your views so loudly, so vehemently, so assuredly
that my thoughts,
coming slowly and carefully as I struggle to take into account all sides of the issue at hand,
find no space
in the short time you take
to refill your lungs
before screaming some more.
So if you really want to solve this problem,
–please pardon my bluntness–
shut up for a moment and