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.

by: icg2001
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My #16 for National Poetry Month

beauty comes in silence

fashions her garments

from tree tendrils

wraps fingers through


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.

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      • Peggy W profile image

        Peggy Woods 

        11 months ago from Houston, Texas

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

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        S P Austen 

        12 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

        I like it!

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        Dora Weithers 

        22 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 

        22 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 

        22 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Lovely poetic thoughts.

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        Linda Crampton 

        22 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 

        22 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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        22 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 

        22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

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

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        John Lyons 

        22 months ago from UK & USA

        Beautifully written!

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        Bill Holland 

        22 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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        22 months ago

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

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        22 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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        22 months ago from USA

        This is serene. You have a special gift.

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        Liz Elias 

        22 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 

        22 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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        22 months ago from london

        So exquisite! So descriptive, so vivid!

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        Mark Tulin 

        22 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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