Poem: Silence

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Dave H

Often a deafening scream
for those tormented
by loneliness.

A painful reminder
for those who’ve experienced
the loss of a loved one
who’s departed unexpectedly,
where there’s “no goodbye,”
no “I will see you later.”

Who now must endure
an existence of emptiness
and ponder the question: “Why?”

For those isolated, alienated,
detached from society,
silence is a haunting ghost,

in an inescapable nightmare
An aberration whispering:
“You are all alone.
Nobody will save you
when your good health
unravels.”

Yet, for others, who’ve learned
a life lesson
on dealing with foes
who’ve aggrieved them with neglect,
or spewed venom like a snake,

Especially, for those who’ve wasted effort
to the right a wrong, retaliate to indignation,
frittered away precious time
with words of wrath,
or vindictive deeds,
“Silence is the ultimate form of scorn.”
For it requires no energy, no words,
no action.
.
Yet, for others, silence is like
a kindred spirit
when the world has turned
against them.

Silence calms, it soothes,
it empties the psyche of refuse,
It provides sustenance
for a yearning soul.

In the quietness of a place,
One can also listen to their soul
speak softly,

express hidden desires of tomorrow,
perhaps an epiphany,
or truth about the human condition,

A revelation from the divine,
perhaps an insight about themselves,

Or illuminate a dream of what one
desires to achieve with the remainder
of their transient existence
in this earthly world.

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About Dave Hood

Lover of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Professional photographer and writer. Without the arts, life would be rather mundane, like a walk down the same old path on a dull day.
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