Know the silence of the birds: Not a tweet, nor a shriek; the birds are silent.
Know the silence of the wind: Not a whiz, nor a roar; the wind is silent.
Know the silence of the world: Not a voice, nor a song; the world is silent.
Have you ever listened to the sound of silence?
Have you ever wept for a quiet world,
Where everything is dead and cold and sleeping?
Have you ever looked at the ones you love,
Just watching them with a tender gaze,
Speaking not a word while your eyes a-weeping?
Now hear the sound of birds: Tweeting, shrieking; the birds are alive.
Hear the sound of wind: A whiz, a roar; the wind is alive.
Hear the sound of the world: A voice, a song; the world is alive.
Have you ever heard the sounds of life?
Have you ever cheered and smiled to a lively tavern crowd,
Where everything is warm and bright and welcoming?
Have you ever held a loved one's hand,
Where fingers interlock and tingle,
Whispering loving words with lips a-trembling?
Have you ever listened at all?
Have you ever truly loved?
Have you ever felt truly alive?
- This is an original poem written by Waelden.