Saturday, 27 February 2016

The Silence

She looked at him
and wondered
what it was
she was supposed to feel

Sorrow perhaps?
But she only felt
the numbness
inside of her

He stopped talking
Perhaps waiting 
for a response

She looked at him 
and wondered
what it was
she was supposed to say

He spoke louder
Perhaps to invoke a response
Perhaps to force her to listen
Perhaps to fill the silence

But she only heard 
the silence
Only felt the numbness
 Coiling tightly
inside her 

Holding her,
Binding her,
to the silence
between his words
where she felt safe


  1. Yes...there is a kind of safety in the silences between the words, isn't there?!
    But also the fear of what the other person is thinking and feeling.
    So which is best...sometimes is is better to hear the silences rather than the words...yes, perhaps that IS safest!

    Breath-takingly beautiful and poignant, as ever, Rose!
    Oh WOW!!! :))

    1. Thank you so much Ygraine.
      Sometimes when what you are hearing is so hard to take
      you find comfort in the silence between
      the words.

  2. Silence always out weighs the noise of words, for no conjectures can be made.

    Congratulations Rose for this is a strong poem and I love it.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. It is as you say - silence
      does outweigh the noise of words and of course sometimes it
      is better to 'bite your tongue' and say nothing :)

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Rachel for your comment. Hope you are
      feeling better:)

  4. I have to pass this on to Dulcina as I get that look from her all the time. It's then that "I embrace her pain".

  5. Haha! Is that what one refers to as transferred pain? :)


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