The Silence #11

The Silence
by Jennifer Kiley
11.10.12 #11
November Month of the Verse 30 days 30 verses #11

birch trees winter in andalia by emilio sanchez perrier

The Silence
By Jennifer Kiley
11.10.12 #11

the silence
is there sound
in the silence
if it cannot be heard
is there ever
perfect silence

when you
meditate
does your mind
attempt
to attain silence
or lack
of connection
with the here
and now
does
meditation’s goal
want to
remove you
from
all
the senses

if you
are removed
do you
feel nothing
do you
experience silence
can you
understand
wanting
some silence
the sound
of nobody
talking
no tv
on
no music
playing
even though
music
may be
moving
spiritually

the unending
sound
drives out
the quiet
in the mind
the space
for deeper
thoughts
and reflecting
you can’t get
there
in the
noise

i can go
a day
in silence
with
only writing
as my means
of concentration
the thoughts
are turned on
the mind
is picking up
the frequency
for ideas
to bloom
that’s when
they most
often visit
you openly

they aren’t
blocked out
by the noise
of sound
no matter
how good
it sounds
if you
are tripping
to its
mellowness.
on a
good joint
of weed
it might be
a pleasant
diversion

i feel
the need
to concentrate
rather than
surrendering to
those diversions
that fog
the mind
when ideas
are flowing
their freedom is
the most
significant part
of one’s day
or night
or any time
when
creativity
flows

listening
to music
and
actually
concentrating
on its sound
and lyrics
if there
are some
it’s good
to follow them
to find
their
meaning

does silence
hold meaning
or is it
meaningless
and
just is

do all
things real
or imagined
have to have
meaning
to exist

what is
meaning
what exactly
are at
the roots
of meaning

does
meaning
need
to have
meaning

do humans
need
meaning
to live
or
to
survive
would
we die out
without
meaning

is that what
makes
us feel
so special
that we have
meaning

can there be
total silence
can we live
without meaning
can we exist
without sound
how would we
communicate

the silence
the most
difficult part
of our being
that we are able
to achieve

is silence
an achievement
do we strive
for it
as a
meaningful act
of existence

is it essential
to maintain sanity
not go mad
to have
long moments
of silence

some people
cannot handle
the silence
without
breaking down
they just have
a strong urge
to fill
something that
feels empty

i must say
i enjoy silence
even if i am
not intentionally
seeking it out
it just
usually happens
i do nothing
to change
the silence
into sound
of any kind
i enjoy
or accept
those moments
as contributing
to my ability
to think deeply
there is
the absence
of the distraction
of noise

total silence
allows thoughts
or feelings
that are shy
come out
of the dark
into the light
they become free
and stretch
their imagination
unhindered
by the disruption
of noise

sometimes
the sound
of voices
speaking
or singing
or communicating
in some fashion
that is
as important
as tripping
in
your mind
to
open
to
the
peaceful
serenity
of
divine
energy
as it
enters
ones
entity

© Jennifer Kiley 2012

black leopard sleeping by ami211 on flickr

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the sound of silence-simon and garfunkel

14 thoughts on “The Silence #11


  1. “Listen closely… the eternal hush of silence goes on and on throughout all this, and has been going on, and will go on and on. This is because the world is nothing but a dream and is just thought of and the everlasting eternity pays no attention to it.”
    ~ Jack Kerouac ~

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  2. underneath a famous
    piece of art
    let’s just offer up
    a starry starry night
    all is quiet
    nothing is seen
    in the scene
    could it be
    “the scream”
    quiet—ssshhhh!!!!
    or was time warped
    and the possibility
    could be impossible
    but true
    i’d have to look
    that up
    what i should do
    if it could be true
    the two artists could
    have contrued
    in a warp in time
    with our minds
    taken us
    to the view

    have you noticed
    when you gaze
    upon the sky
    all the silence
    not a sound
    from space
    on a clear night
    with blackness
    and stars
    shining through
    are they
    listening
    for you

    ~ the secret keeper ~

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  3. a steely cold glass-faced pond
    on a clear cool night

    watery eyes gather starlight
    reflections reach out to bond

    if breath could be impossibly quiet…
    infinity might have to turn around

    echoes like shadows like dark likes sound
    two become one when we stand beside it

    ~ /\ ~

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    • the ice it is forming
      hope it isn’t ice nine
      or the world will be frozen
      all together now
      all one kind
      we’ll definitely be one
      not quite what the buddha meant
      when he brought the spirit around
      and the soul took root
      in our philosophy it was found
      god like is our being
      is that what we all want to be
      lots of religions
      separate us by sins
      if we are gay
      some won’t even let us in
      if we don’t believe
      i think that’s impossible to do
      everyone believes in something
      something’s got to be true
      how can you live
      if you don’t have some faith
      and i don’t mean religion
      it could just be love
      over hate
      that’s something to belive
      if you can’t get into god
      i prefer goddess
      does that make me odd
      come on everybody
      let’s give peace a chance
      stop shotting each other
      you’d be better off
      if you learned how to dance
      listen to the music
      give peace a chance
      i repeat it again
      because most people don’t listen
      why they don’t want peace
      amazes me so
      forget about religions
      just hook up with you soul…

      j.k. the secret keeper 2012

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  4. I’m not so sure
    knot too sure
    if soul can be
    sep a ra ted
    from the whole

    when i look out
    i see my outlook
    is my religion

    when i look in
    i see my self
    on the whole

    looking
    gazing
    staring

    longingly

    looking back
    once more
    at me

    your in
    believe me
    your in!

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    • The whole is the soul
      Knot lesser than god
      Or goddess preferred
      No disrespect I will nod
      Without capitals I agree
      It’s semantics that concur
      Bad connections bother me
      Make certain words non-preferred

      I want to claim my own faith
      My own particular reality
      Out under the sky
      We’re all infinite you can see

      There’s a wide place for spirits
      To soar throughout space
      Now what fills that place
      That time can’t erase
      there are other dimensions
      anything possible can occur
      in the same place differently said
      we’ll all end up together i’m sure

      I’ve heard there are animals
      in this place far away
      That puts a smile on my face
      But right now I want to stay
      not leave those that I love
      animals included

      feeling something creative
      from high up above
      one day we’ll find out
      for sure what is pure love

      j.k. 2012 🙄 😎

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  5. I hope so, Jennifer. Thank you so much for the poetic joust! 🙂
    Heaven knows what got into me, but I enjoyed the exchanges.
    You held your end up better than well. Good show, girl!
    ‘Tis always fun to ‘meet’ new people, but this was a rarity for me.

    Hope you and yours have a great weekend. See you around!

    😉 Peace, luvz, and hugz! Uncle Tree

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