Audible Silence

Audible Silence

by Laura Summerville Reed

The years of audible silence
So many flashbulbs have captured
Lay spread out between my legs
Like a sated lover,
Childbirth, the ocean tide
Fading greys and party colors
Faces, places and stupid shit

It’s time to do the math
And divide the smiles
“Cut the baby in half”
I bet Wise King Solomon
Never imagined he’d have to decide
Who gets the feet of a bloody corpse

No more flashbulbs, no more party colors
No more monotone syllables uttered
In hallways, over airways
We’ll muddle through
You, me, her, and him
You, her, and him
Her, him, and me

We've salted our wounds to draw out the poison
And screamed at the pain of it
It’s time to scar over
So if the disease remains
We’ll die of the damned thing
But in audible silence

©LSR 2010

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

I apologize for the poor formatting of my hubs. I just cannot manage to figure out how to properly transfer my works in their intended scheme. The breaks and odd singular lines are certainly not what I intended but hubpages.com seems to take creative liberties when it comes to the placement of the verse.


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Not poor farmatting as such, it is a nice read...


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Love the imagery Laura. I have been where you are except they fill four foot tall large boxes and I still after as many years cannot lift the lids.


ralwus 6 years ago

Great read girl. Audible silence, I like that. You'll get the hang of this formatting yet. Lots of help in the forums for you if you ask. Great people too. We have all muddled through you see. Love and peace now. CC


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you all. I often wonder what inflection others use when reading what I've written. I suppose one never knows if the proper em-fAh-sis was placed on the correct sil-Ah-buhl, LMAO!! Read 'All Familiar Views' for a bit more insight of my misgivings, or perhaps no insight at all...


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Laura-I am so happy that you came to one of my hubs to comment. You're one helluva talented writer!

This is spectacular.


ralwus 6 years ago

I'm glad you discovered her too Laurel.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Aww...y'all don't...stop...don't stop, lol. Thank you, dearly.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

The pain goes away but the scars are always there for you to view. Maybe that's a good thing. I have a scar on my arm left by a little dog that I loved dearly that departed this life way too soon. It's not like the scars on my heart; it's a good scar. You write some good stuff!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, Wayne. I will admit, oftentimes, even the writing leaves me a little scratched and bruised.


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Enigmatic Me 6 years ago from East Coast Canada

I believe that the vulnerabilities a writer shares when painting broad stroked pictures through miniscule typed lenses permits a voyeur-istic glimpse of the soul.

We are all scarred by time, in one form or other. Battered we struggle on for the glimpses of rosy sunsets and birdsong filled mornings. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to feeling more of your poetry.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you for your kind words Enigmatic Me. I truly appreciate it when anyone takes the time to leave me a comment.


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JBeadle 6 years ago from Midwest

Your poem drove me to a silence inside and reminded me of a few days last week where we were going through my mom's things and pictures, etc as we get ready to sell what isn't taken and eventually that house itself. A very nice read to go with a warm cup of coffee and a greyish early morning. Thanks.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you for stopping by my page, JBeadle. I understand the effect it can have on one when people and earth slip through our hands. I wish you the best with the settlement of your mother's home and cherished items.


china man 6 years ago

good gritty real stuff - well written. Glad I dropped by.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, China Man, glad you like it.


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Too many of us have been there but few have put it into words like this - really glad I found this today.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Hello SilverGenes, so nice to meet you, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I'm glad you found it, too!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

I've worked on the formatting, by the way...still a few hp liberties on this one, but getting better at it, lol.


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Caitlyn Lee 6 years ago from Earth

i really enjoyed this. i will keeping reading your posts.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Hello Caitlyn Lee, so very nice to meet you, and thank, I'm glad you like my wrting. I enjoyed yours, as well.

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