Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Symphonic Sound of Silence


Toxo, "Flores No.1" de la serie "Objetos dispersos" de Xulio Formoso






Child’s pose

Mantra

Breathe
                   The hiss (of wind in the eaves)
                   The lull (when it stops)

Breathe
                    The scrape (of squirrel’s claw on roof)
                   And scratch (still looking for nuts on the roof)
                   The clink (water dripping into a cup)  

In
                   The hum (of ancient refrigerator)
                   The whir (it stops, is this a good thing)
Out
                   The murmur (voices next door)
                   The ting (cell phone alerts)
Breathe
                   The rustle (wind in the leaves)

The silence is thick with sound.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012 

sharing with Dverse and the the poetry pantry

58 comments:

  1. Now I'm feelin' all zen!

    Who knew you could meditate and blog-hop at the same time.

    Thanks for this.

    Hope your fridge keeps on humming for a lot longer yet, and keeps that whir at bay, if the whir is not a good thing. :)

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  2. Love it (and silence is often filled with deafening sound).

    Anna :o]

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  3. This is very beautiful to read, to breathe, to be in the now.

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    1. Thank you Quirina--it is amazing how much sound is present to distract me from my yoga practice. Thank you for the visit and the comments--so much appreciated

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  4. oh yes...the silence is thick with sound indeed....love how you wove the sounds together and told a story...nice..esp. loved the hum of the fridge...such a comforting in its usualness sound..

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  5. mmm this is really good...really enjoyed the sounds in this and was breathing with your words....and listening....

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  6. Breathing out and breathing in... enjoying the sounds. Heavenly.
    Lovely writing again Audrey.

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  7. Very nice rhythm...have you listen to the sounds of dolphins and whales (its a link on my blog post)...its very soothing too ~

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  8. Oh I like this- my favourite of yours so far- I've always tried to think about how to write 'silence'- you nailed it by colouring in it's edges with all these little and subtle movements of the world- great form

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  9. "The silence is thick with sound." just so!!!! a beautiful journey through your meditation experience!

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  10. That's what always happens to me when I try to count my breaths...way too much going on in the silence, and I always seem to have my own squirrels making noise, too. This is serene and delightful in all ways.

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    1. Thank you so much for the read and comments! Much appreciated!

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  11. wow...i could hear all those sounds orchestrating in my mind...a magical verse indeed :)

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  12. I enjoyed this very creative piece and profound ending!

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  13. I remember when I first started meditating. I thought one could close out everything - sink into a waking sleep as it were. I'll never forget when it dawned on me that meditation meant allowing one's senses to become "supersensory". The noises were all magnified and exhilarating. You capture that perfectly here.

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  14. Aww I feel this :) so hard sometimes to be in the moment :)

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  15. thoughts while meditating. I used to keep a notepad near by so I could write something down if I needed to get it out of my head. That just became another distraction! Great write. I could feel it!

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  16. A breathe of fresh air, one can feel as they read through. Sometimes just taking in the moment can be the hardest thing to do.

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  17. this made me smile. the sounds of silence...

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    1. I know--this occurred to me once you had mentioned it--

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  18. I like this, I have doen similar writes and I enjoy them , they give the reader a pace and rhythm they can match to their own bodies breath and beat

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    1. Thank you A--this was one of those that just flowed out this way--Thanks so much!

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  19. I really appreciate this having just gotten into the practice of mindfulness meditation. :) Once there is silence, you hear the richness around you. Thank you for this poem.

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    1. Thank you as well Ravenblack! I am so glad that you enjoyed enjoyed this one!

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  20. Really cool Audrey. I love how you incorporated so much in here, yet in such subtle fashion. The breathing exercise is such a good set up for the last line, completely love it. And the articles for each stop along the breathing exercise are so neat in the way you put them in perspective here. Again, that last line is great, and so, so true. Thanks

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  21. That's how I feel sometimes when I'm trying to meditate or just sit in silence for a bit. I hear the birds and the garbage men and the wind... I'm not a very good meditator! :-)
    This is great my friend!

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  22. An original and contemplative construct. Great job!

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  23. A beautiful and blissful structure...all contained within many layers of beauty, I really enjoyed this piece love, made me calm and inquisitive at the same time! xoxo

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  24. Nice - yogic poetry! I like the juxtaposition of the breathing in/out and what's going on in the mind. Great contrast.

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  25. Really enjoy how you time this with the breath and the meditational silence that comes with awareness of so much that too often disregard or take for granted.

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  26. THIS IS AWESOME... the form suits it well...

    And I LOVE the last line :)

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  27. Nicely done it took my breath away, however I quickly breathed it back in. I love to mediate using soft nature tunes, candles and quiet. I loved your form and placement, excellent. bravo.

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