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Symphony of Silence (Poem)
Like some reluctant dove,
I wing swiftly away
From the talk and clanging strife
Of my busy life
To seek a quiet haven,
Symbolic Jonah for a day.
To flee away from doing,
To pursue my own being,
To plumb my inner depths
Of consciousness; I pray
For my dreams to reveal
My Father's will
In a slow, still silence
Of peace and praise.
Clamber aboard, creep below.
Free and alone, I imagine,
But the tiny craft
Is filled fore and aft
With my thoughts, storm-tossed
On life's vast ocean.
I flee deeper in awe,
Grasped in the whale's wide maw,
A terrified fragment of flotsam,
Afraid of tradition.
There pierce the thought:
I'm not alone, but God-bought
And free to soar in the silence
Of peace and praise.
Freedom to fly as feminine
Foreteller, to warn
Self and others,
Sons and lovers
To repent, and to change,
Or to go down with the dawn.
Stop every feast!
Cover man and beast
In sackcloth and ashes!
Creation wept most forlorn:
Of evil repented,
God saw they they meant it,
And in silence they percieved
His peace and His praise.
But soft! Jonah feels foolish,
And angry as hell!
God change His mind?
How very unkind!
Ill-tempered, he notes
The sprouting and withering well.
God whispers, "Concerned for a vine?
What about these people of mine?
Gently, my prophets,
You must warn and must tell
Of all Creation redeemed
To share what you've dreamed:
A symphony of silence
Singing My peace and My praise."
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