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Elizabeth Reninger

Sound & Silence

By February 19, 2013

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Orchid

Silence

There is the sudden silence of the crowd
above a player not moving on the field,
and the silence of the orchid.

The silence of the falling vase
before it strikes the floor,
the silence of the belt when it is not striking the child.

The stillness of the cup and the water in it,
the silence of the moon
and the quiet of the day far from the roar of the sun.

The silence when I hold you to my chest,
the silence of the window above us,
and the silence when you rise and turn away.

And there is the silence of this morning
which I have broken with my pen,
a silence that had piled up all night

like snow falling in the darkness of the house --
the silence before I wrote a word
and the poorer silence now.

~ Billy Collins

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I don't know that I agree with the last line of this poem .... do you? .... but nevertheless find it as a whole to be so very lovely: different flavors of silence, and the one Silence containing, and embracing, them all.

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