Poem: Of Sounds and Silence



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.