Silent Silence

Silence is impossible to fully express in the written form. Here is my attempt:

Here for but a moment–
an inhale,
a comma,
a pause,
a break,
full stop.
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.
Maybe it’s not a blank space.
After all, a musical rest is conveyed with a symbol–
a hat for a half-rest,
an upside-down hat for a whole.
Maybe it’s all about rest.
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And maybe silence is hope.
It’s hope that my words may rest by you
in your quiet moments,
alone,
at peace.
Hope that my words offer their presence, not their voice.
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I hope you find the silence you’re looking for.

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C. D. Anders wrote this poem about silence and how difficult it is to write about. I wrote on one form of silence, the calm kind, but I would love to see other people take up his challenge of either capturing silence in words or writing on ideas that are difficult to put into words.

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And the World Becomes Still

I hear a voice gently whisper,
“Peace.”

When all the world is upended around me,
When my thoughts ricochet around my mind with unstoppable speed,
When anxiety rattles me to my core,
I hear a voice gently whisper,
“Peace,”
And the world becomes still.

When I am sad and scared and lonely,
When the loss seems too much to bear,
When tears stream down my face and my body is wracked with sobs,
I hear a voice gently whisper,
“Peace,”
And the world becomes still.

When I am filled with anticipation,
When a look of exuberance covers my face,
When jubilation is the only thing on my mind,
I hear a voice gently whisper,
“Peace,”
And the world becomes still.

When I am sitting in a quiet place,
When I am meditating on gratitude,
When my heartbeat is slow and steady,
I hear a voice gently whisper,
“Peace,”
And the world becomes still.






Happy Easter if you celebrate it! Either way, I wish you a day filled with light, love, peace, and happiness!


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