Poetry: If we hanker for silence, can we obtain it?

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This is a poem about silence.

If we seek silence like we seek other things, might we then actually drive it away from us?

Perhaps our seeking creates some noise?

I hope my poem says something to you.

Amongst its noisy words, there just might be a moment of silence, or two, for you.

When wishing for silence, becomes noise

The wish for silence must not be a proud one, inside.
Silence provides us with its timeless guidance,
if we do not cut its highness off with our defiance.
Silence provides all that anyone requires unmodified.

I thought that what I wished for was for only silence,
but would I be lonely, or really be then at my finest?
Perhaps we're all created to speak our own minds,
our silence combining with love, speaks, & reminds.

Silence will only underline the unspoken, if awoken,
only if we're gently giving others more than its token.
A token of silence can mean stony walls of defence,
we only become alive by releasing all of its contents.

"People who make no noise are dangerous."

This quote is from the French poet, Jean de La Fontaine, (1621 to 1695).

I wonder if, if these types of people, when they are silent, are also noisy.

There seems to be two types of silence then, real silence, and a noisy silence.

Can silence ever betray us?

Our silence can betray us with more than any words,
if we're obstinately sticking to keeping quiet, all night.
A softly spoken word given here and there with care,
can break silence apart, if we're not playing solitaire.

Spending time on our own can be a good thing to do,
but the realer world is about connecting others & you.
There are of course times when silence is noisily loud,
but only when you are using it to be nosily too proud.

They say we should never speak unless it's all good.
Improving upon silence requires us to be understood.
When you speak only because you just want to just speak,
silence is never found in you because you are so weak.

True silence is the source of inner strength you see.
You must learn to speak from this silence to be heard.
If you haven't got a good reason to speak your word,
remember, whispering into silence's better not deferred.

"Do you, and the rest is background noise."

The American actress, Grace Gealey said this about her acting. When you truly be yourself, no background noise can ever disturb you. This is the true silence.

Silenced silence is not real silence

Is there such a thing as a silenced silence?

Can silence be silenced or drowned out by our striving too hard for it?

Real silence must stand on its own two feet.

One foot is within love, and the other is within truth.

Silence, real silence connects these two facets of God together. You therefore meet up with God whenever you enter this true silence.

"Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything."

That last quote is from John Grossmann

Is this really true though?

Yes, I think that it is, because anything that is left out of silence, brings noise to you, to disturb you. Real silence is always all inclusive.


Perhaps real silence cannot be defined or found by the mind, as it must be lived from and felt within your heart, by your heart.

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I have been interested in the spiritual fields for over thirty five years now. My writing is mostly in this area.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
11th Jan 2016 (#)

Good morning spirited .
I have a few thoughts on your words ...which are ..
Most people long for moments of silence , where they experience real peace , but not necessarily loneliness or where silence has been forced on them through isolation in a sound proof room , for example .
But to not have ones senses bombarded with jarring noises that cause distress ...that is bliss , and a bearable silence...
and for those who love to meditate on God's Word, such times of silence are priceless , as it is then our spiritual ears can hear what God's Spirit wishes to convey to us . ( at least , that is my experience )
Then , there is the silence that a deaf person has to bear . I am sure they would love to hear even the faintest sound that we take so for granted .
It is a big subject , my friend .
Many blessings to you
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
11th Jan 2016 (#)

thanks Stella,

"the silence that a deaf person has to bear"

Yes, I guess that is another type of silence too.

I was talking more here about the silence of our heart, or peacefulness. The type of peace Jesus meant when he said, "My peace I leave with you."

How can our silence speak loudly to the world?

Silence to me is a form of love, loving the outer noise of the other person.

When this is done unconditionally, the noise in the other person then often quietens down.

They hear your silence speaking to them inwardly, and this then is the beginning of a new peace within them that love has now fired into existence in them, because you have lit their candle that the noise of themselves had all but blown out before.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Jan 2016 (#)

Food for thought Spirited.

Silence can be deafening at times when we are lonely not due to our choice. I try to remain silent in a crowd so as not to add to the noise decibel! I open my mouth to intake food only when people compete for attention with alcohol playing its part!

We need the moments of silence, and even loneliness, for contemplation.There are the talkers and also the listeners - to have a perfect balance is only for the few.

And also instances where if one sense does not work others kick in - one who cannot see has sharp ears and also vice versa.

I feel the noise decibels are sort of dehumanizing us - taking us away from quiet contemplation that is necessary to nourish our soul - siva

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author avatar spirited
11th Jan 2016 (#)

Thanks siva,

Sometimes nobody else can hear our silence but ourselves.

It is hard to communicate it to others, but then, that's its nature I suppose.

Others perhaps have to dip themselves into the silent pool of love too, in order to hear the same silence that we hear.

Yes, we do need our moments of silence.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
12th Jan 2016 (#)

There is an old adage , which I am sure you know spirited ...which is ..
Silence is golden ..
I think people believe that it means ..silence is precious , but I would add here , that if we could hear the cries of the metal as it is purified in the fire so that the dross can be removed ( figuratively speaking ) the sound might be deafening .
Such is the silence of a soul who has been through the fires of affliction to bring forth the precious metal of the soul .
Precious silence indeed my friend .... especially when the Holy Spirit is doing His work .
God bless your day with peace love .
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
12th Jan 2016 (#)

Thanks Stella,

and yet Jesus didn't make much noise in the excruciating pain of his crucifixion, it seemed.

But I get your point, some noise is necessary to the purification process, not an exaggerated, unnecessarily loud one perhaps though.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
13th Jan 2016 (#)

Oh BTW....
Another silence I particularly love dear spirited is the early morning kind, ,just before the world is waking up to go about its business ... and then if I hear a robin singing into that silence it gives me such a joy in my spirit .
Some sounds are very welcome ..for which I am most grateful.
More blessings today
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
13th Jan 2016 (#)

thanks Stella,

Some Indian religions talk a lot about an inner sound too.

They say they hear bubbling water noises, or the sound of a flute playing.

Apparently, the coming of the Holy spirit is associated with a sound too, perhaps this sound is both outwardly and inwardly heard.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
14th Jan 2016 (#)

The Holy Spirit is that still small voice that we hear when all the other noises are quietened .
God is a Gentleman spirited...He does not shout at us , but He is also the Helper and Comforter who leads us and guides us , IF , we are open to listen for that voice that can calm stormy seas and comfort broken hearts ..
God bless you again today with His truth and understanding my friend .
Stella ><

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
14th Jan 2016 (#)

ps .... I am glad He is the same today as He was at Pentecost .
I should have loved to witness that ...but I have experienced His power in many ways today .
More blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
14th Jan 2016 (#)

Thanks Stella.

Anybody shouting at us then is probably not God!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
15th Jan 2016 (#)

That's the truth , but we need to be in a place where we can here God's voice in every situation .
Have a blessed day
With God's peace
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
15th Jan 2016 (#)

thanks again, Stella

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author avatar Mariah
19th Jan 2016 (#)

This is a writing piece to be proud of, as a reader I felt truly connected in the understanding of your words and moved by the depth of meaning behind them.
It's just beautiful in every way!
Thank you for sharing this with us Spirited.

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author avatar spirited
19th Jan 2016 (#)

thanks Mariah, I am left speechless by your high praise for my little effort here, thanks for reading and commenting.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th Jan 2016 (#)

beautiful dear spirited...as much of your work always is...

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author avatar spirited
26th Jan 2016 (#)

thank you Carolina.

Your comments here are also beautiful for us writers to read, giving us more encouragement to write.

I am glad you are back!

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