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Living Silence

Updated on January 17, 2013

Silence makes people uncomfortable. They try to fill it with noise and clutter as if it were a void. They think it is an empty, dead thing.

I disagree--

It is the scrambled classroom after the last bell.

It is the frozen darkness just before dawn when the world waits to resume.

It is the inside of the chapel on a Thursday.

It is midnight on the empty street street when the fog in the light of the street lamp puts everything into a hazy soft focus. . .

. . .and it is a minute later when he tells you that he doesn't want you anymore.

It is a second after the impact when the spinning world has come to a screeching halt.

After all of the frenetic pulliing of oneself apart, it is middle-of-the-night clarity.

It is the long, tense moment when the whole world holds its breath. . .

waiting for the baby to cry.


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    • Hendrika profile image

      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Very good. Silence can be your best friend after too much activity. It can revive you like nothing else.

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      BrightMeadow 5 years ago from a room of one's own

      Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Sooner28 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Wonderful hub. I am one of those who prefer the silence over the clutter of noise. I like to be able to hear myself think. I have always loved the sounds of silence. Just odd, i suppose.

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      BrightMeadow 6 years ago from a room of one's own


      I'm so glad you liked it. I enjoy walking my dogs too. It's a good time to think. Thanks for stopping by.


      Thank you for commenting. I agree. Sometimes silence is a relief. Sometimes it can be pregnant with possibility. Silence can be a lot of things.


      Thanks! :)

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      Martin Murtagh 6 years ago from UK

      nice work

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      C Levrow 6 years ago from Michigan

      Wow. This was really well done. All of the examples you crafted really had me thinking about silence in a different way. Sometimes it's just what you need and sometimes it can be too heavy. Awesome.

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Love this, certainly made me think what are my silent times. Probably walking the dog when the mind closes down lol

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      BrightMeadow 6 years ago from a room of one's own


      I'm so glad you liked it. I enjoy getting feedback. Thanks for posting.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      This is a great write! I have a difficult time with silence at times. This made me rethink that! Great job!