Posts Tagged ‘silence



Sitting in my car,
Beside, the river,
Sipping a cup of coffee.
The sun glinting on the water was so lovely.
(The coffee was just a bit too milky.)
The silence- save the calls of the gulls and the sailing students-
Was so exquisite
I wanted to share it with someone else who’d appreciate it.
But if I called or texted somebody,
There would be questions and calls for payback:
Shouldn’t you be looking for a job?
How do you have time to sit and look at the river?
If I stop what I’m doing and come, do you promise you’ll help me catch up?
So I thought
And sipped my coffee.
And, following some gentle quacking back to a family of ducks,
Decided there was no one I needed to call.


Starting In Silence

Before the beginning
Silence reigned.
There was darkness and order.
All waited.
From the invisible darkness came the visible command,
The conjuration,
A bursting forth of
Sound and
Light and
A rumble of continents forming and re-forming;
Pangea’s birth agonies.
Soul splitting with blue sparks,
Like pilot lights igniting,
Into a million million others.
The many flames and the one
Flashing and dancing on the newly divided waters.
Hot and green and sweet,
The air above them
Filled with plant spores and bird song.
Plants matured and bore fruit that women might do likewise.
Then, footprints dented the fresh earth and trampled the feathery grasses.
They, who had lived in order and silence,
Wrung their hands and cried,
“It is over”.
But other eyes also watched
And from the darkness the sound
Of greedy palm rubbing against its mate.
“No,” she said.
“It has only begun.”