Absence Of

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Silence  (posted by Sumana)
Where to find that soundlessness? Is Silence merely absence of sound or more than that?

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Questioning concept
of absolute silence
and if it would be possible
to heal a pounding heart.

Outdoors is filled,
whether city or country,
with cacophony of chirps,
croaks, buzzes, and beeps.

Where would silence exist
as a natural setting? Mountain
top? Under the sea? In a sound-

proof room, one might look around,
feel uncomfortable, apprehensive.
You cannot hear a sound; no one
can hear you. Heart continues pounding.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to Absence Of

  1. oldegg says:

    The sounds of life are essential and a comfort, whether it is the breathing of your partner by your side or the first chirrups of birds outside your window and even the whistling of a kettle boiling they and others make you glad to be alive.


  2. Susan Chast says:

    Absolute silence doesn’t attract me–not as long as my heart keeps beating. Provocative.


  3. Sumana Roy says:

    Total silence is sometimes eerie and intimidating.


  4. You’re right it’s very difficult to find the perfect silence and when you do you can hear your heartbeat in the blood rushing through your ears!


  5. Sherry Marr says:

    This reminds me of listening to my heartbeat this morning and marveling at how it keeps beating……..an interesting response to the prompt…….


  6. Jae Rose says:

    You give the quote much respect and leverage


  7. hypercryptical says:

    I think utter silence would be the scariest of things…
    Long may our hearts keep beating.
    Anna :o]


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