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Untitled | Gregory Canillas

you never wanted me to have a voice

you censored everything i said

defined conversations, what could be discussed

and when

you never wanted me to have a voice

laughed with friends about how softly i speak

although you knew there was power in what i did say

 

you never wanted me to have a voice

because when I spoke, although softly, it was with clarity

a sense of purpose and coming from a place of knowing

something that was not true of you

 

you never wanted me to have a voice


Gregory Canillas is a native of Los Angeles. He teaches in masters and doctoral programs in clinical psychology, and lectures at national and international conferences on family and relationship issues. His writing has appeared in Ebony Magazine, Lambda Literary’s Poetry Spotlight, and Serendipity.