A students' magazine for mental health advocacy

the silent winter



forgetting the sound of your own voice

is easy.

vocal chords were just decoration.

adam’s apple hung ornament on christmas tree throat.

always been told she’s had a silver tongue.

now here she was

presenting it to jesus as offering.

as just another birthday present.

she remembered the december morning

when she stopped speaking and started listening

to the birds coughing in the distance on repeat.

they’d been trying to tell her.

she could scream much louder when she was quiet.

the air in her lungs will become easier for her to breathe

the colder it gets.



Mernine Ameris is a rising poet, writer, and nationally acclaimed speaker majoring in Public Administration at George Mason University. Her work has been published in places like Volition Magazine and the Brain Mill Press. Language is the greatest love of your life.