Silence is Golden (Or is It?)

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In the quietude I wait,

Close my eyes and paint

All the beauty that I see

Onto the canvas of my memory

There is a sense of freedom here

To leave the world behind, yet to also keep it near

Silence!

Please- just ten minutes

Of uninterrupted peace

If for this time I must do penance

So be it

But in this moment here and now

'Tis only silence that I seek

And only for silence that I vow

Oh to be left alone

In total utterly delicious solitude

All my very own

Before this woman simply comes unglued


Stop the useless cacophony

Please - I'm begging you!

Before I start charging alimony

Instead of silence that could have been your dues

Silence is golden, they say

Yet the silence here could rattle the wall

As it remembers yesterday

Through the eyes of frames there in the hall

© 2014 Shannon

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Abi Helen 2 years ago

It's awesome :) :D I liked it a lot ^^


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Great job!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved the first stanza, so surreal, then lol at the picture, although it really isn't funny. Sometimes i wonder in amazement at the grit it takes to be a mother and run a household. Awesome read..


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ImKarn23 2 years ago

Lol...someone sounds a tad desperate!

I have a comfy couch, whenever you like! mwahxx


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Ruby! So glad to see you here this morning! I wonder in amazement at myself sometimes. Hahaha The two verses you mention are autobiographical, I suppose. The first is how I often feel about the beauty surrounding me, especially when I can quietly enjoy it - say from up on a hill or out in the middle of a field or pasture somewhere. And then there is that word "Mama" that I both treasure and despise when all I want is some downtime to think or to do my own thing or to just simply be left alone and instead am interrupted by at least one of them every time I try. LOL Only about 7 more weeks of summer left. ;)


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Eric! I hope all is well with you and your family.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Abi. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks also for being my first visitor. I saw that you commented after I went to bed and looked at your hub profile last night, but I was having a bit of difficulty holding the phone because my arm and wrist were all tingly. I will go read your poem today, but I wanted to reassure you that most people on HubPages are very supportive. I think you will find that there is not a lot of negative criticism here about your work. I hope you have fun and try new things!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Leslie! I might take you up on that. ;) Of course, then, you'd have to listen to sounds of children, too! At least I'd get a break here and there. Mwhahahahahaha!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Someone needs a mommy vacation. LOL Love your poem which reminds us how important having quiet & alone time is for the soul. You have great taste in music. Love the Depeche Mode tune!!!!!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Minnetonka Twin. Good to see you again!

"In the Secret" is one of my all time favorite worship songs. I found a version here with a slower tempo that seemed to fit the mood of the hub and that first poem better. "Words I Didn't Say" was one of the first songs I thought of about silence, but I knew there were more. I discovered the Depeche Mode cover while perusing YouTube. I actually like it better than the Depeche Mode version, which is rare for me. I usually like the originals better. And I was lulled a bit by the voice of the woman singing the Evanesence song "Solitude." Such a haunting voice and haunting lyrics.

P.S. What is a mommy vacation? ;)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

This is quite a lovely poem. Well done and beautifully presented.

All too soon one gets at least a semi-permanent 'mommy vacation'.

But in the meantime; - well, it could get rather oppressive, the constancy and noise and all. One does need a break from it sometimes. Soon all of them will be in school, and that will be a few hours of peace and quiet.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Ah, Nellieanna, this is one I thought you might enjoy if you stopped by. It's actually four separate poems. The first two are definitely personal, as I mentioned to Ruby. Haha. They'll all three be all day this year Bittersweet. I'll welcome the hours of quite to write, have a clean house for a few hours, and do what I need for me, but none of them are babies anymore.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I know. Been there, done that, - though my kids weren't all that boisterous. They had a lot of out-of-doors to prowl and chores to do out there.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

I wish I had lots of land for the kids to play on. They haven't been outside all that much lately because of the heat and not getting along with some of the other kids that live here. Many of the parents would rather accuse than try to resolve the issues between them. So they are becoming restless. When I get the fuel pump fixed in the car this weekend, I hope to be able to take them on more outings. They're good for all of us.

Kind of makes me wish life worked like those old sitcoms. Hehe Even parenting was made to look like a breeze, comparatively speaking.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

I meant a little break for you as a busy mom. The poem sounds like you are crying out for some' you' and 'quiet time'.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

No worries, Minnetoka Twin. It was a rhetorical question, a joke. Some me time is definitely needed if that wasn't clear. Haha!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Oh my goodness do I feel silly. I'm sorry I didn't pick up on the joke. It's been one of those days! I can laugh at myself when I do this stuff. My best excuse is that I'm in menopause because my memory and ability to see the most obvious has gone away.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hehe. No excuse needed. We all have moments like that now and again. Good that you can laugh at yourself. If it's any consolation, I often have to laugh at myself for doing something that makes me feel silly.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

The old sitcoms weren't always realistic, but at least they presented a little better model for families than some of the current ones do. Yes, getting out with the kids for various outings will be good. Even a trip to the library could be exciting for them - or a park where they could run and swing and slide. (I suppose there are still such places! haha) One doesn't have to own land to find open places to enjoy. Maybe indoors with the hot weather is preferable, though. My kids had chores like treating cows' pinkeye and helping with the other farm work. It wasn't all fun and games. And my brother wanted to run away from the ranch to escape the chores. haha. (Nice thing about parks: no responsibilities.)

But there is more for kids than the fun stuff. Learning that it takes effort is good, as well. They grow to appreciate that, also.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

No, not always representative of what a 'functional' family looked like, but they didn't glorify dysfunctional families ether as some seem to do now. Still, I was speaking more of the ease of which lessons were supposedly taught to children. If only. . . Hehehe

My dad at one time grew up on a sort of farm. I can imagine the chores that they had. But, one must put effort into things. It's not a bad lesson at all, though kids may think so at times. Learning responsibility comes in handy later in life, for sure. Perhaps your brother was later glad he did not run away. ;)


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Dear Shan,

I love your poems here. When we are able to have just a few moments of silence during each day, they are certainly "golden" and to be cherished. I just love being outdoors, as you say, and enjoying the beauty of His creation all around in silence with just the sounds of nature without any people chatting : )

Your second poem and image are so realistic no doubt ... even with the grands up for two weeks, I felt a bit like this myself. It has been so terribly hot here too, 106 heat index! So, when they do go out, they get in the water, although we do have a nice little park in the center of town, which is just up at the end of our road and it has huge Oak trees for shade, but still the humidity is almost unbearable.

Your last poem there is deep and thought-provoking.

I truly love all of your music choices, most appropriate. I have written about silence before too in a poem. Good topic for poetry.

Voted up and away

Happy Fourth.

(((Hugs))) and blessings always


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Faith Reaper,

Thanks for the hugs. . .especially since I apparently manage to give them to myself and say they're from you! Hahahaha. ;) I sure felt silly for that one!

I'm glad that you enjoyed the poems. Nature is a beautiful thing. And silence for me does not necessarily total silence, but being alone and only noise I wish, such as music, or being able to just think or read. . anything without interruption. Me time- alone! LOL

Yes, I suppose that last one is rather deep. It could have several different implications, depending on the experiences of the person reading.

Ugh, the temps have not been in the 100's here yet that I'm aware of, not even with the heat index. We've gone swimming a few times, but I prefer to wait until later in the evening or else I easily turn into a lobster even with sunblock on. Besides, my oldest two say they want to learn to swim, but they are scared as can be to really try. And my youngest, who is scared of nothing much, tries to push away and do it himself even after taking a nose full of chlorine water. So I do not care to take them to the pool by myself. I'm not sure I could swim well enough to save my own life! haha


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Astra Nomik 2 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

It's good to have some "Me" time now and then. Silence can be nice, to slow everything down a bit, and relax.

Sometimes we all just need to chill. This is a chilled out hub for you, Shanmarie . :)


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Astra Nomik. Me-time is definitely good to recharge and make me better at giving time to everyone else.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I no longer have children at home ( I have the husband trained) and I still have days like that! Mostly animals now that keep me running though and I can't say, "Help yourself!" lol

Great poem. up and sharing.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Oh, Jackie, let me know your husband training secrets. ;) Really, I think many even without kids can relate to needing solitude sometimes just to recharge.


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

Lost for words.....really like what you written....all very good !Voted up!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, James. I sure appreciate that!


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

By the way,great songs by Evanescence .My favorites :My immortal and Lithuim(Acoustic)


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

That's the first time I heard the song, looking for songs for the hub. It's haunting, especially when she sings it.


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

Yeah,Amy Lee has a beautiful voice and she looks so pretty in corsets ;)


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Spoken like a man. ;)


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

lol not really :)

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