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Sit In Silence

Updated on June 17, 2011

I sit crossed legged like a native

Pitch black no need to be creative

The flame of the waxed stick flickers

Burns bright the twilled wickers


I sit in silence as I hear them chant

In the Latin Language some rant

Soothing and relaxing some find

Holy Roman Empire it reminds


Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus

Dominus Deus Sabbaoth.

Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua.

Hosanna in excelsis.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

Hosanna in excelsis


Hmmmmmm, I hymn to the sound

Eyes set in silence they drowned

Heart beat decreasing in speed

As the breathe exhaled precede


No thoughts left to roam the sinful

Released the damaged woeful

Meditate and liberate the combat

Seated mutely on my prayer mat


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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Sitting in silence, absorbing the meditations, listening intently and trying to derive the meaning. Often I am inspired by chants and their meanings. I close my eyes and listen, hoping to capture the essence, the spirituality, the stairway to heaven if there is one.

      Being closer to our maker we all strive to be, only time will avail us as we cross over to the other side at death's closing door. Lovely poem, I heard the chant.

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      L.K. Egooh 6 years ago from United States

      Very Nice. :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Bella - thank you so much! My cable is out and it's storming - I read this with my kids. And we loved it:) 3 for the price of one! Ha! I loved the videos - it so reminds me of mass. That was my favorite parrt - Maddy (is 9) she says it's scary music! Lol

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Saddle, I did it for 2 days and It some what helped. I am being tested and I feel a dark side lurking. I need a piece of mind and regain my sanity in spirit. I feel that this was much needed to shake me out from a slumber Thanks saddle. Reading your comment soothed the soul.

      L.K. thank you very much!!

      Real, Awww sorry to have scared Maddy my apologies. the church song infamous for scary movies. lol I am glad you have enjoyed this poem!!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      marellen 6 years ago

      bella...like Real this reminded me when I was kid, mass was only said in latin. Like the poem.

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      I was Catholic and never heard it in Latin I bet it sounded beautiful. The Latin language is known to be the scarier language the whole heaven and hell. Thanks for reading appreciate it!!!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      L.K. Egooh 6 years ago from United States

      Latin was the language of the Mass until the second Vatican Council in the 1960s. Sometimes during certain seasons of the Church year some parts of the Mass will be said in Latin.

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Really?? Interesting I would love to hear one speak latin I would love to learn and speak latin which is tongues am I correct??

      Thanks!!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Silentium est Aureum...Silence is golden.;)

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Acer, I believe to be as well!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh she wasn't scared - scared:) lol

      When I was a kid - yes - mass was said at our Parish in Latin - always with the Priest's back to the congregation.

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Oh misunderstanding she claimed scary music lol oopsie my bad!! Hmmm I want to travel to Rome now :)

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      Hah....I'm surprised, but then not, to see you here in the shadows and candlelit halls of the old world...

      We've donned our cloaks and seek a millenia of answers...

      We fly like the countless lost souls before us through time and present, reaching back ten thousand years, for that is our strength, my dear friend, our openness to how we are part of the greatest majesty of all time...humanity..

      We are an important part of it all...not lost in the moment...but blazing a trail into the future for everything...

      Those before us are gone, but to be who we need to be, to be true, at once, to ourselves, and to those before us, we have to visit these halls of ancient and draw strength, for our challenge is monumental indeed....

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Surprised really Hmmmm!!!! I am very diverse and can dabble just about in anything Billy Bear. Hmmm I think you know that tho....

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      Ha ha ha..oh no...not surprised...just didn't expect to see you wearing friar's cloak back here in time with me...

      But to honest, who but you... :)

      Lets study Latin together, shall we..

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      I listen to it every morning a cloaked mature soul is all. I say lets!!

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      Sine amor, nihil est vita

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Nihil sine caritate vitam

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This causes me to remember the Scriptures "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10. I also love chants, they seem so peaceful yet powerful. Lovely, just lovely.

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Hyph, Thank you. They are very soothing to the soul. It sets a relaxation over the body. Thanks for stopping by as always a pleasure.

      smiles :)

      bella

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      consentio!!

      candor dat viribus alas...

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Et munire alis sol affulget e caelo

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      ha ha ha...I'll not argue about heaven...

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      A great departure from your usual, and it really works. Well done.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I had to attend mass everyday as a little kid in parochial school. As an adult, I no longer go. I now find the pomp and circumstance, the heavy, ornate robes, even without the Latin, sinister, knowing what fate lurked for some of the alter boys after mass. Your writing, however, Bella, is beautiful and honest. Unlike my view of the Catholic church, your talent exhibits no hypocrasy.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is a very interesting poem and reminded me of attending the Catholic church and listening to the Latin that I didn't understand. I surely think sitting in silence it a good, healthy thing to do regularly.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Radioguy 6 years ago from Maine

      Great job! Always something soothing and peaceful about chanting even though one never knows what its about!

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Twilight, Thanks a bunch! I was just in a meditating mood I guess lol and hey like you said it worked bravo!!

      Amy, You are the best!! I hear you about the aftermath for the ulterboys truly disturbing to think of! Thank you!!

      Pamela, Sitting in silence is truly great I have found a habbit in doing so and I can honestly say I feel rejuvenated after!!

      Radio, I dont either but I look up the lyrics and translate the latin language which I find interesting and beautiful!!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Exquisite.

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Qud, Thank you!!

      bella

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...when I read this sacred piece, I sat in silence ...and in awe!

      By the way I could hear the 'music' while reading the words as I am a big fan of classical choral music .....and of course, your words, in any poetic genre you choose - you are a very eclectic writer that way.

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Epi, Awww thanks!!! Yes I sat in silence and wrote but then I said nope cant do that I need to listen to the gregorians chant!!!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      l was brought up catholic back in the days when Mass was in Latin. I thought i´d forgotten it all by now till l read your words. It may be a ´dead´language but quite a beautiful one, l think. How you managed to get it flowing in your poetry like that amazes me. Good on you. You have real talent. Take care. Dim x

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      I never got to hear the catholic mass in Latin I wish I had :( The Latin language and tongues is very beautiful and I wish I knew how to speak it. Thank you for thinking so .....

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