The Sound of Stillness

Updated on April 16, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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My #16 for National Poetry Month


beauty comes in silence

fashions her garments

from tree tendrils

wraps fingers through

leaves

pushes her marrow

through each vein.


she tenders of herself

in the slip of silence

until, satisfied

that the forgotten

are fed

she falls back into earth

through pores

pulled open by grubs.


the earth breathes.


© 2017 Audrey Howitt

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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Your poem made me think of walking through ancient forests. Beautiful imagery!

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      S P Austen 

      8 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

      I like it!

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      Dora Weithers 

      18 months ago from The Caribbean

      Lovely imagery! It is true that beauty gives to each of us silently and sufficiently.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      18 months ago from Reno NV

      I could visualize beauty as an Aphrodite ensuring that every bit of nature is nurtured and loved. Jamie

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      18 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lovely poetic thoughts.

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      Linda Crampton 

      18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You create such interesting and vivid imagery, Audrey. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Linda Rogers 

      18 months ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful imagery of nature talking of the importance of silence. I think many of us can learn much about spending more time in the quiet zone. Too many distractions in our society. Thanks for sharing this poem.

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      mckbirdbks 

      18 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Audrey - An ode to spring. You find inspiration everywhere.

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      Venkatachari M 

      18 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      An excellent account of the flower. Very deep meaning in so few words!

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      John Lyons 

      18 months ago from UK & USA

      Beautifully written!

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      Bill Holland 

      18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I need stillness. Bev knows this, and allows me my quiet time. I need to feel the world all around me without hearing it....that's what this poem means to me.

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      threekeys 

      18 months ago

      Love how you personified the tree.The image is solitary and still-beautiful.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful. Silence sometimes is maddening, other times it is nourishment for our souls.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      18 months ago from USA

      This is serene. You have a special gift.

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      Liz Elias 

      18 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Very vivid imagery. Well done!

      I think there is a stillness in the silence; most of the time if we allow it to be. Many of us though, are plagued with a mind that won't be still, so we sit in silence without stillness within.

      The stillness in the silence of a forest is not silent at all, if you are tuned in and listening. Contradictory? Not really, if you ponder on those thoughts.

      (Idon't ever get total silence, due to tinnitus, but if I allow myself to be still, I can almost ignore it...)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

      Thank you Mark--there is a difference for me between the two I think--I can be still and yet surrounded by noise--and at some point noise prevents the deeper sense of stillness that I seek--Thank you Manatita! Happy Easter to you both

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      manatita44 

      18 months ago from london

      So exquisite! So descriptive, so vivid!

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      Mark Tulin 

      18 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      My first thought: We don't get enough silence because most of us don't look for it. We're too busy making noise. Is there a difference between stillness and silence for you?

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