Ode to Silence

January 19, 2010
In the calm, only one raindrop has fallen,
And surges in spreading ripples
At the bottom of the well.
This freezing wind that rocks
The wind-tossed forest of my heart
Is only stilled by silence.

A black-and-white picture of the sky
Filled with your mute strength;
Silent snowfall,
Perfect in the darkness,
White breath clouding without sound:
In a world made of noise,
Half-drowned in pandemonium,
You are my sanctuary.

With your tranquility,
Please bring back that peaceful time,
To my wind-tossed heart
We are sinking in the sea of sound,
The silence born of noise.

Sweet serenity, the stillness of the mind
But not the cessation of thought,
Stepping on the shadow
Of crimson chaos;
In this race for higher ground,
Fighting the passage of time,
You hold the key to our peace of heart.

By your hand,
The tapestry of noise is unraveled;
This knot of garish strings,
Connecting every person
With six degrees of separation.
Unwoven, undone,
We fall apart in perfect silence,
Though the tranquil, solitary sky
Connects all the pieces of this world.

Prayers of light, carried on noiselessness—
Shatter, darkened horizon, and let the night’s calm
Fill the land once more.
Silence, like a stark reverie
Against the backdrop this frenzied world,
You hold every color of my dreams.

Humans cannot exist alone,
But our noise
Will bring pain until end.
Not speaking, we see so much more
Of light,
Of darkness.
Bear up the world on your shoulders, silence,
And return us all to our mirror-tinted innocence.

The darkness holds the silence of the world,
For light is garish, rejecting quiet,
And filled with the quicksilver emptiness
That is life.
Hold up your transparent, wraithlike hands
To shield us from the raucous sound of rain.

Pass beyond the need for sound,
Where your voice is frozen in your throat,
As though some phantom hand
Has choked it off,
And every breath trembles
With the longing for sound.

Silence is much kinder
Than the grating rush of noise
That floods our senses in this base world.
Silence, you carry in your stillness
The perfection of eternity.

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hamanda24 said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 11:39 am
i like that its about silence, because i like silence.
Danman48 said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 11:27 am
really good
Taylor E said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm
this Ode is ok........ i can relate to it somewhat....... =)
Mallie said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Exactly my point! i like being around people just sometimes i want tobe alone and have it silent.
joe971 said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm
i can really relate to this ode
Zach453 said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm
I thought it was very interesting and it was a very good poem
Alexis said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm
I think this ode is beautiful. I think we can all relate.
LBurkhart said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Had alot of information and was kinda interesting.
Avery Sharpless said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm
It was interesting
britne96 said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm
this was a good ode..but i dont rilly get it..
Paco the happy taco said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm
It was a fun read and very relateable
Kylie said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 11:58 am
This is something everyone can relate to. Being alone sometimes is a real good thing is was written very well.
ky ky ky kylie replied...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm
i love my self!
Boppy95 said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 11:08 am
very nice i enjoyed reading this
vince replied...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 11:53 am
I thought this story was okay it had alot of Info in it though
J-Hill said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 11:07 am
I thought it was a good poem and was interesting
Amber:) replied...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Same i thought it was Great!! :)
chelsea said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 11:00 am
nicee job it was verry interesting.
meme said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 10:42 am
awsome ode :-)
dmeta10 said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 11:39 am
The poem is very dark. Not a bad dark a dark that is always with you, where ever you go. There is always a minute in an hour that you want perfect silence.
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