5 Days Silent-Alex

He is young

With a shaved bald head

And, I suspect, a slight accent

He is in my group and shares that he has come here to find his own voice

For in listening to the louder voices of others

He finds himself in a life where he is “deeply unhappy”

He is seated next to me

And those words make me want to hug him.

I resist.

On break-silence day I tell him with a laugh that I have coveted the granola bars in his cubby.

He hands me one but I am gloved for dishwashing and cannot accept

He asks (in his slight accent) which cubby is mine and he puts it in there

Generosity and kindness

His own voice will be enough.


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