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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  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.

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  2. Old Egg says:

    How beautifully you have penned this poem that reads with such calm assurance.

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  3. Sumana Roy says:

    Silence is a virtue indeed, born out of a blessed heart and full of power…nice form and the last stanza is exquisite…

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  4. 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!!

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  5. Suyash_J says:

    Reminds of when Churchill said it takes more strength to sit down and listen than to get up and talk.

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  6. 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™‚

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    What a thorough exploration of the landscape of silence!

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  10. 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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  11. annell4 says:

    So beautiful, like a Mother’s hum….just this side of silence.

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  12. Mama Zen says:

    “He who does not understand silence;
    Shall probably fail to decipher words.”

    I really like that.

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  13. 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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  14. Truedessa says:

    Your poem is beautifully written. I really thought the 2nd stanza was amazing.

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  15. Well said!! Silence is definitely a must…timing’s important, too. Great points to this one!

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  16. Myrna says:

    I like the rhyme in this and the wisdom. Silence is golden. You’ve said it well. So much can be communicated in silence. Good writing Sanaa.

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  17. 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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  18. Vandana says:

    Silence is more powerful than words.

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  19. G L Meisner says:

    Well written, the message is quite clear.

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  20. 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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  21. I think you capture the good side of silence so well.. and with the right person you can actually listen to that silence and understand.. it just requires trust…

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  22. Claudia says:

    Do not mistake silence for weakness… so very true.. silence can have so many shades and say much more than words if we know someone well.

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  23. 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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  24. 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.

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  25. Gabriella says:

    “Silence denotes a sacred bond” – this is so true that you need to be very comfortable with someone to be able to remain silent with them for a while.

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  26. 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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  27. Beautifully said. And I agree with you about the importance and power of silence.

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  28. Kanzensakura says:

    I think of the concept of silence, chinmoku, of the Japanese. The silence says more than words and is stronger than anger or sarcasm.

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  29. Wonderfully written. I like the lines ” Do not mistake silence for weakness;
    Power alone shall leave one speechless

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  30. kaykuala h says:

    Power of silence is certainly profound! It melts the hardest of the stubborn minds in a subtle way! Wonderful lines Sanaa!

    Hank

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  31. patricia says:

    “Silence denotes a sacred bond.
    Late into the hours of night;
    Plays the most exquisite song.”
    Well that’s just beautiful!

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  32. Lots of Love
    i most often
    find
    dance
    beats
    words
    and silence
    as dance
    can
    be
    softer
    than
    silence..:)

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  33. Ayala says:

    Wise and beautiful poem .

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  34. grapeling says:

    ‘do not mistake silence for weakness’ is such a great line; I think Al Capone, the famous American gangster, is quoted as saying that, too… ~

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  35. Nicholas V. says:

    Hmmm, the two sides of silence, Sanaa. Your poem shows it up as strength and wisdom, while mine shows silence as a mark of a cowardly and weak man… Good write.

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