We speak,
but it often seems
we are not heard.

Does anyone hear?
Can anyone hear us
in the midst

of the nonstop
distracting noise
that surrounds us?

Does anyone
want to hear
our stories?

Who has time
to hear
one more story

with a million
about truth.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. Janet prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.