Saturday, September 5, 2009

Shhhhh!~ It's the middle of the night!

"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease." ~ John Muir

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"Hope will never be silent." ~ Harvey Milk

Definition of Silent~
Marked by absence of noise or sound; still.
2. Not inclined to speak; not talkative.
3. Unable to speak.
4. Refraining from speech:

Did you ever wake up from a sound sleep and listen to the silence of the night and have a great need to say something? Maybe even something important? Or is that just me? Many times I have said something and felt that my words were falling from my lips and disappearing into thin air or bouncing against a brick wall...unimportant.. unheard.. silent as if unspoken.. I saw the word SILENT as a prompt on Weekend Wordsmith and my mind has returned to it over and over.. silently arranging and re-arranging words.. I will hope and maybe some day I will be heard...


can you explain
away my pain?
if I say "please don't"
you do
if I say "please do"
you don't
if I ask "why did you"
you say "I didn't hear"
if I ask "why didn't you
you say "I didn't hear"
they spoke; you heard
I spoke; they heard
I pinched me; I hurt
I screamed; I heard
is it only to your ear
that I am silent?

written by: Patricia Sawyer


Ann said...

This post somehow was very thought provoking for me. I loved your poem at the end.

Lin said...

I like the Lincoln quote. I've got to learn to keep the yapper shut sometimes.

Pblacksaw said...

Ann~ thanks for stopping by.. I am glad that you enjoyed my words..

Lin~ My Grandmother used to say that all the time.. I honestly thought it was her own quote until a few years ago! It is hard to remain silent.. sometimes!

Have a wonderful day!

Asleep On My Feet said...

Potent poetry! Pow! Thanks for sharing, I loved it. Every word is perfect. I love the way you play opposites against each other to show the casual cruelty of the behavior...

Pblacksaw said...

Asleep on my feet~ thanks for stopping by.. I am glad to know you enjoyed my poem.. I have checked out a lot of your work and it is great!

Pheebs said...

I hear you. And I know what it's like to think you haven't been heard. I think you know that better than anyone...haha...

Pblacksaw said...

Pheebs~ I talk to myself sometimes just to be sure I am actually making sound.. I have no trouble hearing me.. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Oh Patsy! Your words are heard all over! I absolutely love this post. ~loves2ride

Pblacksaw said...

Loves2ride.. THANKS!

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