So Loud the Silence

So loud the¬†silence …













Tony DeLorger © 2016

Silence fills my mind,
a soundless cacophony, like a distant beehive,
in waves of busy resolve,
and we call this nothing, a quiet moment,
when all I can think
is what has silence done to transcend itself.

Here in my silence, mine alone,
life is pumping hard,
and I may be still, but nothing else is,
as this surging distant knell,
alerts this mind to movement, profound,
and me an epicenter of calm.

Perhaps is it I, in resounding din,
and all else is silent, everything,
or am I the delusions of an afferent mind,
awareness the resolution of my madness,
or perhaps is it tinnitus, a defect of hearing,
and I’ll find silence not; a shame.

But how loud is this world,
when escape is no option, chosen or rewarded,
and sleep just a relief in kind,
to manage the sounds of life happening;
so in my quiet places, where sound still resonates,
I can at least rest knowing, I’m alive.

Tony DeLorger
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

7 thoughts on “So Loud the Silence

  • May 15, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    I like this, Tony. It reminds me of one of my favourite music albums, “The Roaring Silence” by Manfred Mann.

  • May 15, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Thanks John, I saw Manfred Mann live at the showground in Sydney when I was a wee lad: Brilliant! Glad you enjoyed the piece. Cheers!

  • May 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    There is beauty in the silence around us whilst the world goes mad all about us. Very poignantly expressed my poet.

  • May 16, 2016 at 2:41 AM

    Thanks Vincent, I believe it to be a saving grace, a necessary part of survival. Cheers my friend.

  • May 16, 2016 at 3:46 AM

    One of my favorite things to tell people I mentor is to “go into the silence and listen to the voice of your soul – Only in silence can one find Self”. Your verse is so expressive of the silence we often live in. I have lived alone for so long there is much silence around me, and that is one reason I write. I rarely watch television or listen to radio, I prefer silence. In the silence I can listen to the voice of my soul and find expression for it. The mind that looks within often finds truths. Very well expressed and defined, Tony.

  • May 16, 2016 at 3:55 AM

    Thanks Phyllis, I too live alone and silence is certainly my friend. It allows me to be 100% attuned to my art and in that my soul is free in expression. Glad you related and enjoyed. Take care.

  • June 21, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    Well, add me to the list, I live alone too and everything you have all said is true for me. That is the essence of poets and writers.


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