Interpretations of Silence

Twilight’s colorful hues posturing across the sky
Calming reflections of the final rays of sunshine
Our reminder that we’ve reached the end of another day
Bodies shifting from giving time to receiving time
Slowly recovering from the pulling forces
The last call completed, the last message sent
When all you’re troubles slip away
A glass of wine and resting place
Assessing the entries in your daily space
Categorizing, compiling, and reconsidering
Serenity being the only requirement

Early morning; when stillness of the night still reigns
Before the sun and before the cock’s crowing
The grass and plants moist with drops of dew
Nocturnal animals already nestled in their burrows
Empty roads, empty sidewalks
Occasional moving shadows
Like the still frames of a silent movie
Planning, projecting, and preparing
Untroubled by the peacefulness

Meditation at mid day; a temporary escape
The chosen silence of self-reflection
Reaching deep inside for a willing calm
Shallow breathing and the bountiful trancelike state
Journeys through the eye of the needle
Across the spacious universe and light years beyond
Questioning why, but only to seek enlightenment
Moments are beyond any singularity
Higher orders of the collective thought
Weave the connections to reveal the pluralities
Learning, awakening, and transforming
Placid, without the concept of time

Author’s Note

Silence is a gift; whether for a minute or an entire day.  Quiet times offer humankind a chance to recover and recouperate from the noise of day to day living.  Yet, not all silence is the same as you can plainly see, yet all silence is valuable and should not be taken for granted.

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

5 thoughts on “Interpretations of Silence

  • July 12, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    You take the day in it’s entirety and turn it into this beautiful vocabulary of eloquent textures. From dusk till dawn, the motions of mankind like clock work ticking in semblance. I find mediation is so useful after putting in a full day at work, coming home for that first and maybe last glass of wine, depending on my mood. Relaxing and kicking up my feet before I’m inspired to pen a poem or two. The day has its 24 hours, packing all of us into a day can be tiring or uplifting, depending on how we tax ourselves. My best time of day is night. I am with one with the darkness, I find it relaxing, also looking at the Universe above me, stars, moon and satellites painting the skies. A beautiful write my friend, keep them coming.

  • July 12, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    I always enjoy how you weave your words and create such wonderful images in your poetry, Ralph. I treasure my quiet times when I seem to get so much more done, especially as a writer. You can use your day to day experiences as material for writing but you need the quiet times to put it all together.

  • July 12, 2017 at 10:00 PM

    Oh how love twilight and early mornings, when the vicinity around is quiet, it is a time of reflection. And that going in to the silence, listen to the voice of my soul, is so special, refreshes and re-energizes. Your way of phrasing brings it all home, Ralph. Great work indeed.

  • July 12, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Wonderful Ralph, a beautiful perception of that burgeoning day, and the serenity that precedes it. Great phrasing and such a gentle flow of words. Silence and calm are so important, and it is we who fill that silence with our perceptions, the freedom of mind in an open field. Great work my friend.

  • July 13, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Beautiful imagery and the way you string your words together paints such a beautiful picture. Silence is critical in my everyday adventures, especially at night when the kids go to sleep and that glass of wine becomes a reality, sitting on the couch pondering my thoughts, reading my wife’s eyes, even enjoying a late night movie, the rest of the world is silence in my mind and it is necessary. Excellent piece Ralph.


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