∙ɜ∙ •Ϩ•∙∙ i listen to the silence ∙∙•Ϩ• ∙ɛ∙

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i listen to the silence…

death is quiet…     cold…     solitary

memories of  life are blurred…     overlapping…     unimportant

there is…     no caring…     no resentment…     no forgiveness

there is…     silence…     blindness…     emptiness

there is…     no love…     no hate…     no emotion

there is…     a deep sense of  alone-ness…     ever-more

there is…     no  yesterday…     no today…     no tomorrow

time does not exist…     and time is unending…

time is insignificant…     life is meaningless

i listen to the silence

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∙ɜ∙ •• ∙ɛ∙

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the poetry of  the lyrics to this song is unsurpassed ~
find the lyrics and song notes at the bottom of  this post

“The Sounds of  Silence”   Simon & Garfunkel

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artwork  “Ophelia”   by Odilon Redon

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this is my submission to ~

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Forgiveness    at    POETRY JAM
prompt:   forgiveness


thank you,  Mary!

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Prompt #162   at   Carry on Tuesday
prompt:  use all or part of the title and ending of  a poem by David Whalen ~
I listen to the silence …. as you do also


thank you,  Keith!

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Mag  124  at  THe MaG
prompt:   image above ~ “Ophelia”  by Odilon Redon


thank you,  willow!

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i am also participating in ~

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NaBloPoMoSoup

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“The Sounds of  Silence”   Simon & Garfunkel

“Sounds of Silence”  is an album by Simon and Garfunkel,  released on January 17, 1966.  The album’s title is a slight modification of the title of the duo’s first major hit,  “The Sounds of Silence”, which was released previously on the album  “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”  and also on the soundtrack to the movie ‘The Graduate’.  It was taken from their debut.  Electric instruments and drums were overdubbed by Bob Dylan’s studio band on June 15, 1965 and released in September 1965 as a single.  It was also released as part of the box set “Simon & Garfunkel Collected Works”  on both LP and CD.

lyrics ~

  • Songwriters:  Paul Simon

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains within the sound of silence

In restless dreams, I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night and touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light, I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dare disturb the sound of silence

“Fools” said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words, that I might teach you
Take my arms, that I might reach you
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the Prophets
Are written on the subway walls and tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence

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18 responses to “∙ɜ∙ •Ϩ•∙∙ i listen to the silence ∙∙•Ϩ• ∙ɛ∙

  1. ashie2611

    Awesome!:)

    • thank you, Ashie! ♥ i appreciate your visit and kind comment.

      • Sometimes, I have to say, I love the silence. Just enough for some breathing space and, thinking time. Yes, you’re right, sometimes my teen is a true mini-monster. I even nicknamed her Diva Chloe because she is sooooo good at drama and, turning on the tears to get her own way. LOL
        Thanks for the visit Dani and the lovely comments. I’m a bit slow getting round, treated myself to a new laptop yesterday and still trying to get used to the different keyboard layout and such. :) Loving it though. Chloe 9is with her dad right now but, called and told me she has dyed her hair bright blonde. I have no idea what it will look like but, she had wanted to dye it purple or, (shudders) pink! Lol…teens!~!…

        • enjoy your new laptop! i’m probably going to have to get a new one soon. in the past two months, my granddaughter has had her hair dark brown {almost black}, strawberry blonde, platinum blonde, platinum blonde with the bottom layer black, sky blue with the bottom layer black and now bright red {with purple highlights} and the bottom layer black. who knows what next!!! ♥

  2. You definitely have described the many facets of death, Dani. Death ends everything. (At least in this life, and we can hope for the next.) What is done is done. And no more chances to forgive or be forgiven, etc. Best always to keep in mind when we live our lives that at some point we will die…Sad reality, but one cannot deny it.

  3. nice…i like in this how you remove yourself from the moment…limiting all the distractions…entering the silence…though i hope it is not death….smiles.

  4. This is actually one of my fav songs ~ Great to see you Dani ~

  5. So beautiful, Dani… and I love the new look of your blog!

  6. Wow. This is truly haunting.

    • poor Ophelia was haunted before her death… it seemed death would not be any easier for her. thanks for stopping by, MZ! ♥

  7. People talking without speaking
    People hearing without listening… I LOVE that line and S&G!

    I like your poem… but I think of death as not silent, not alone, and emotionally full of love. But that is OK.. Perhaps that moment between life and death this describes for me a bit more… hm.. A lot of beautiful thought put into it, though. :)

    • thank you, Margaret! ♥ i personally believe {or hope anyway} in reincarnation, but Ophelia was so disturbed in life that it felt she would be disturbed in death as well.

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