Thus Spake Silence

by Rula Shin

Mind, beset by music
Quietly transcends

Silence grins sheepishly
In a corner
Full of clatter


Author's Note: With due respect to Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Posted on 07/05/2005
Copyright © 2021 Rula Shin

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/06/05 at 03:04 AM

But oh the roaring silence once the music is gone. Love the personification at work here Rula. Quite the innovative piece of literature.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 07/06/05 at 01:56 PM

somehow the transcendence decried by your words are reminiscent of Hercules tricking Atlas to hold up the World, whilst he promised to return, and as Silence was smiling and making racket in the corner, it was not alone, as silence was making merry melody with Hercules.

Posted by Christina Bruno on 07/06/05 at 07:49 PM

excellent the last stanza reminds me of john cage, he felt there was no such thing as silence ;)

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 07/09/05 at 01:10 PM

Thus spake silence…….the title speaks of a state of inner silence which many of us are hardly aware of. The silence of silence differs from the speaking of silence as one is passive and the other is active. Active silence is a state of awareness where in you are aware of what is. The passive silence is a state of mere absence of internal dialoging. ‘Silence grins sheepishly In a corner Full of clatter’…this embodiment of silence speaks of your being who has attained certain amount of amness, which demands you to go back to this active inner silence without any external aid. This is a beautiful minimal, flowing unhindered, like a silent music..

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 08/25/05 at 11:34 AM

Humorous paradox!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 02/03/06 at 07:04 AM

§ …in silent awe… § —Jill

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 05/03/06 at 07:03 PM

Excellent personification of "Silence". I can actually hear the silence, Great job as usual Rula!

Posted by Razel Davies on 06/22/07 at 03:04 PM

A rather beautiful piece. And a nod to the great German thinker perhaps? Congrats on the POTD.

Posted by George Hoerner on 06/22/07 at 04:01 PM

Congratulations on POTD. Are you aware of 4'33" by John Cage? It was performed in Carnegie Hall and has 4min and 33sec of continues silence in the performance. It was written in 1952. Amazing how loud silence can really be. Oh, but you turn off the mind?

Posted by JD Clay on 06/23/07 at 01:15 AM

I don't know Edna but I'm sure she can appreciate this. Yin and yang as a playful lesson in harmony with deafening silence a brother to white noise. Clatter, yes, and don't forget the clutter. And don't forget to take your curtsey for this marvelous Poem of the Day. pe4ce...

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 06/23/07 at 02:08 PM

Again, awe! I love quietness. Amid clatter, especially!

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