Poem: Silence


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

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.


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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