November 17, 2011
Hear the sound of silence,
The sound of our world's pain.
Resonating through the air
Tell me: Who's to blame?

Not the vices nor their puppets,
Spreading the human hate.
But the virtues and their guardians,
Who turn their heads and wait

For someone else to speak against
The wrong that stains the good.
Protagonists who say nothing;
Bad as criminals who do.

Explain to me, complacency
Hollow eyes watching here.
Defend for me, cowardly
Becoming mute when faced with fear

Violence, dreading,
Screaming! Hope to Doubt
All cancerously ebbing,
Yet no tongue lashes out.

To ignore is to accept,
To allow is to promote.
Silence burns me in my ears,
Words stagnant in your throat.

We are the sound of silence,
Reflecting our world's pain.
Find a voice and hear me,
Now is the time to end this game.

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CarrieAnn13 said...
Dec. 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

This truly is amazing!  Unlike a lot of free verse poems, this one has excellent capitalization and punctuation.  Bonus marks!  And the topic is a common one, but I can feel your anger through these wonderful, powerful words.  Excellent work!

Oh, I've added this to my favourites.

Resonating_Words replied...
Dec. 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm
Thank you, thank you, thank you :) Again, I truly appreciate it -- such praise from someone as skilled as you, gahhh. You've made my day.
Resonating_Words said...
Dec. 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Thank you :) And yay, someone else who thinks that the punctuation and capitolization matters! Glad to see I'm not alone XD
MsAnonymous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm
I love the way you write and completely appreciate the punctuation and capitalization! so many people think it doesnt matter but i think it makes the poems that much better! love the poem!
JJxo3x said...
Dec. 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm
 I liked it! Meaningful, and I liked the rhyming! Good job:)
Resonating_Words replied...
Dec. 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm
Thank you very much :) I really appreciate it
Nathaniel said...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm
Brava! More, more! :P
Resonating_Words replied...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm
Thank you, thank you :) Much appreciated XD
FlyingJay said...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm
This is great. Most of the rhymeing poems i read sound forced and unpoetic but this is so lovely and rhythmatic. Beutiful
Resonating_Words replied...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Thank you, it's very appreciated <3

And I totally agree on the forced rhyming -- it's my largest pet peeve

ChaoticBliss said...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I realy like the first line, "Hear the sound of silence" ; perfect oxymoron.

This poem is filled with emotion and seems to lash out against the injustice of the world's pain; the cruelty of the fact that even the most innocent of bystanders most likely will not speak up, aka the line "Protagonists who say nothing."

My favorite is the last two parts of your poem; "To ignore is to accept.... ....Words stagnant in your throat." and "We are the sound of silence.... ....Now is the ti... (more »)

Resonating_Words replied...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm
Thank you very much <3 It's much appreciated (:
HateKnuckle said...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Love the message and the way you wrote it. Its right on the edge of 5 stars. The only problem is that the subject isnt quite my cup of tea. its great though but my own bias is stopping me. I'll say 5 stars.


Resonating_Words replied...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm
Thank you :) And I understand bias -- everyone interprets everything differently. It's not for everyone. So I do appreciate your rating and comments ;D
EndlesslyDetectingMyOddities said...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm
This is awesome.
Resonating_Words replied...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm
Thank you (:
Akane-Ree said...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 5:25 am
This was a good poem (though very depressing). I don't think that you should use phrases such as "tell me:". I particularly liked the part about the "good" doing nothing and being as bad as the antagonists, because for me that's the most true. people these days, when they see something bad, half of them just walk by it. The eivl of being a bystandar. 
Resonating_Words replied...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Thank you -- for both the praise and the critique (first constructive comment, I really appreciate it). 
artmantist said...
Nov. 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm
tmarvellous,breathtaking, smartly written
Resonating_Words replied...
Nov. 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm
Thank you :) Greatly appreciated
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