Silence

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Perhaps the primary virtue;
Lies in holding your tongue.
Silence possesses cherished value;
Whose praise is seldom ever sung.

He who does not understand silence;
Shall probably fail to decipher words.
The scorned cannot be healed with herbs;
Prefer a heart that’s more of diamond.

Do not mistake silence for weakness;
Power alone shall leave one speechless.
A time to scream, a time for silence;
Turn to Lord for help and guidance.

Silence in turn draws people closer;
Helps to regain their lost composure.
Like faith is what to firm believer;
Silence suggests a calm demeanor.

Views such that correspond;
Silence denotes a sacred bond.
Late into the hours of night;
Plays the most exquisite song.

Often serves as bold statement;
Vivid more than conversation.
Silence speaks louder than words;
Belongs to those who are patient.

In dreams there flew a white dove;
Resting upon a hand in glove.
Its silence gave the speech of love;
Its music of the spheres above.

 

 

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70 thoughts on “Silence

  1. x says:

    Some of the sweetest times are when words are not even needed to convey a message. There are some things best left unsaid. There is wisdom in knowing when to be silent. And other times one word makes all the difference.

  2. Mary says:

    Always good to try to understand the meaning of someone’s silence. Indeed silence is not weakness. Could also be something that happens when people are comfortable in one another’s presence. Indeed silence can speak louder than words!!

  3. Rall says:

    There are two faces of silence. One when it is golden and reflective, the other when it is used as a weapon to suppress freedom . Both have its place. There is as you say a time to scream πŸ™‚

  4. Jae Rose says:

    Such a beautiful and forgiving poem Sanaa – yes, silence should be valued and respected…but it also shows how uncomfortable people can be sitting with it..it takes an open heart and mind to be able to understand it – which clearly you do

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  5. L. Moon says:

    Each stanza has a delightful stand alone quality all its own. And yes there is that peaceful other world aspect when we silence seek.
    Cherished words sunny one!

    Love la luna
    xoxo

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  6. Sherry Blue Sky says:

    I especially love the wisdom of the lines about it taking strength to hold one’s tongue. So true. Easy to bubble over with speech, sometimes wiser to observe, in silence. So well expressed. And oh, that photo! Stunning.

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  7. Sharp Little Pencil says:

    Sanaa, this is perfect. Yours is one of the only poems to view silence as a quality to be pursued, to be observed. A worthy thought, one I would do well to heed myself. Thank you for this moment of peace in my hurried day. Amy

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  8. CC says:

    Great form for this…works really well. And these lines are bursting with wisdom: “He who does not understand silence;
    Shall probably fail to decipher words.”

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  9. panchali says:

    β€œHe who does not understand silence;
    Shall probably fail to decipher words.” Truly inspiring words, Sanaa! May the good work continue for years to come and inspire millions πŸ™‚

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  10. Victoria says:

    So very much wisdom in this, Sanaa. For years I lived in a monastic setting where silence was part of my life, but I have to admit, it was always a challenge for me–even from childhood when I made many visits to the principal’s office for talking in class. Maybe that’s why poetry is my love–I just need to express myself. Though I do wish I could learn to zip it up. :0)

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  11. Bryan Ens says:

    Silence does have a power all its own! I am reminded of the Biblical story of Job…when Job’s friends came, they spent the first while just sitting with Job in silence. Their mere presence, I think, was a comfort to Job. Unfortunately, they messed things up royally when they opened their mouths.

  12. Grace says:

    To hold back the tongue is a virtue, but only for the right reasons. Specially like this part about silence:

    Its silence gave the speech of love;
    Its music of the spheres above.

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