A Time for Silence- Poem

Updated on April 6, 2020
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Nell is a writer and author. With over 300 articles, and three novels in print. She is also interested in current topics in the news.

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To be Silent and Reflect.

At this strange and rather unsettling time, we need something wonderful to keep us going.

I find that listening to the birds singing outside my back door, along with the silence, is so relaxing it helps me to concentrate while I write.

It also makes me think.

Is this what it was like back in the old days?

Just the sound of birds singing, no airplanes, and no cars.

Nature shows us the way.

A Time for Silence

Just listen to the bird's song,

The gentle sway of breeze,

Squirrels skittering and barking,

And running up the trees.

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Red Kite, birds of prey,

swoop, and whistle,

As they go about their day,

Gliding gently in the air,

Red wings gleaming,

Flying in pairs.

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No television, no sound of cars,

Airplanes quiet, no dogs bark,

Animals peeking into windows,

Puzzled, not scared,

While we sit inside, saying our Prayers.

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Time slips away,

It could be yesterday.

Maybe at that time before,

When we used to sit by our front door,

This is what it was like back then,

Just nature, and the peace of zen.

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We'll keep the scary from our door,

And sit inside till they find a cure.

Be still, keep calm, just love, be wise,

Stay safe, be good, and stay inside.



(c) Nell Rose


© 2020 Nell Rose

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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Hi Lawrence, hopefully so, as long as a vaccine comes we should all be okay. Stay safe Lawrence.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Nell

      When I read a poem like yours it reminds me that the bygone ages were anything but quiet!

      Steamships sounding their foghorns, sail ships ringing their bells, wary of what lay ahead. Gulls overhead calling out demanding food. A horse and cart rattling by!

      For me, the modern age isn't so frightening, and the lockdown allowed me to stop for a while.

      With modern medicine today is a lot less scary.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Hi Meg, how lovely to be sitting in a garden by the sea. I love the ocean and would love to move down to the coast. Take care

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      DreamerMeg 

      3 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Lovely poem. We are lucky to have a garden and to be by the sea and it is so amazing to sit and hear just the birds and the breeze and the waves, no cars, not even many people passing by. It's very healing to be able to sit in silence with only the sounds of nature.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thanks Peggy, yes you stay safe too x

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I liked your poem, which perfectly fits the time that we now all share. It is lovely hearing the birds chirping and other nature sounds. We are doing our part to stay inside and socially distancing ourselves from others. Stay safe, Nell.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thanks Sourav, good to see you.

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      Sourav Rana 

      3 months ago

      Very nice poem Rose. Thanks for giving a great message in such a fascinating way.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thanks Paula, that sounds awesome! I never realized just how lucky we are to live in the countryside. I would hate being stuck indoors in a city! Keep safe. x

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      fpherj48 Paula 

      3 months ago

      Simply AWESOME, Nell. I was sitting there with you & lovin it! I am seriously into my "quiet-time," and take it in as often as possible. Being right near the woods and a streaming creek, my environment becomes my backdrop. From my deck, I can see the humming birds, mama duck & her babies waddling down to the creek & the Squirrel family hopping from tree to tree......How's that for being close to nature? Stay as sweet as you are!

      Take care my friend. Peace & Love, Effer

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Hi Gypsy, ah you said the magic word! Beach. We are lucky to be by a river, but I do miss the ocean. Thanks as always.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Beautiful poetry and nice thoughts. It is very quiet and peaceful where I am but people are allowed to go walk on the beach and fish by the river

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thanks Mitara, sounds wonderful!

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thank you Dora, that is really kind.

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      Mitara N 

      3 months ago from South Africa

      Silence and reflection allows us to take a step back, and take a full breath in.

      Method of meditation thats great for each and every one of us.

      Powerful and inspiring with and overflow of peace and tranquility.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      These unsettling times are bringing the best out of some of us. Yours is a beautiful poem with calming, peaceful thoughts.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thank you so much Peg. Stay safe too. x

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      Peg Cole 

      3 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      This beautiful poem rings true on so many things as we go on in a world forever changed. The silence is golden. The skies are clear. So different than life was a few weeks ago. Stay safe and healthy.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thanks Joyce, I am glad you liked it.

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      Joyce Bou Charaa 

      3 months ago from Lebanon

      Love the poem, great writing

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Hi Farah, good to see you. And thanks so much.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thank you greg, that's very kind.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thank you so much, Lora. I do wonder if we will change or whether we slip back too quickly?

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thank you MG. Keep safe.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Oh Flourish, I am so sorry. It is heartbreaking when we lose one of our pets, or fur family. Thank you for liking my poem, take care.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      This sweet, solitary poem resonated with me. We had to euthanize our cancer cat on Monday and it was heartbreaking because only one of us was allowed to be with him, and at that the vet made an exception. I let my husband be the one to accompany him. Our house is quieter without him.

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      Farah N Huq 

      3 months ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      "Just nature, and the peace of zen."

      - loved this line!

      Enjoyed the poem. It's good to be back in the old style of living. Zen, it is!

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      greg cain 

      3 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      This is really a good piece. Perfect pitch for the times, thoughtful and very well written. Thanks for gifting it to all of us.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      3 months ago from Washington Court House

      This is quite good.

      I am finding the bird's song quite enjoyable myself.

      I seem good outside with nature, but inside the four walls close in.

      Thanks for the share.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Such a lovely poem, Nell! To return to a bygone era when people had the time to read, to listen to nature and to just sit on the porch and reflect about their life. Perhaps this time that we now have can make us think about how we want to spend the rest of our lives- do we always want to be rushing around and buying things we don't need and spending time away from our families or can this time change our perspective and make us reprioritize and give us some valuable insight on how we want to spend the remainder of our lives. A wonderful poem that can help us focus on the good during this uncertain time.

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      MG Singh 

      3 months ago from Singapore

      Awesome poem in these trying time when thousands are called back by god.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thanks Susan, and for the share too!

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thanks Nithya, yes me too.

      Thank you Dora, that is how I felt when writing it.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      I have a balcony Shauna, so I can watch the birds from there. Thanks

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 months ago from Dubai

      Lovely poem Nell. During these times prayers are of great comfort and our only refuge. Hope they find a cure soon by some miracle.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Your poem shares beautiful thoughts for these solitary days. I sense sweet peace coming out of those lines.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 months ago from Central Florida

      This is beautiful, Nell. Fortunately, we can go outside. I'd go nuts if I had to stay inside for who knows how long.

      I make sure I keep my birdbath full. I love watching the various types of birds perch on the edge while sipping. Many of them get right inside and cool off with a quick bath.

      Nature at its best!

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      They probably did Bill, lol.

      And thanks Rebecca, that is kind.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thanks Devika, yes that is so true.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it....Love silence....I think they invented social distancing just for me...this is right up my alley! lol

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      That's lovely, Nell!

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      Devika Primić 

      3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Nell so much has changed and this time is for spending time together as a family the time w never had and finally can stay home and relate to each other. A peaceful time and time to feel the moment.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Thank you everybody. I just felt this yesterday listening to the birds, and the poem sort of came from there, lol!

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      MG Singh 

      3 months ago from Singapore

      It's a wonderful poem. Silence is required as it is a stepping stone to meditation.Sometimes I wonder if silence and loneliness go together.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully expressed poem. I can relate to this Nell.

      Life was so much simpler, earlier.

      Everything happens for a reason. We all have to sit and reflect, about why all this is happening around us.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't know what's going on but my comment keeps disappearing.

      Your poem is beautiful! Lately, in the mornings I go into my backyard and listen to all the birds and watch the squirrels playing. Finally got my comment to stay :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 months ago from Reno NV

      Just what my soul needed today thank you Nell. Jamie

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      Thanks Pamela, yes its just a break from all the horror going on at the moment. A second of peace if you like. Thanks as always.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This beautiful poem surely reflects where we are at today with the distancing. We can actually pay attention to the birds and the squirrels. Life sure was more simply many years ago but we must live in the here and now. I really enjoyed reading this poem.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      Thanks, it is so weird just listening to the birds, no other noises at all. Always good to see you Tim.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      Thank you Lorna, yes it does feel really weird, but also peaceful. Its just outside that is scary.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      I do hope so John. We need this to learn what is important in life. Thanks as always.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      Thanks Ruby, if there is anything good at all about this, maybe it is our thoughts and feelings on how we should all be and act. Thanks as always.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Nell, this is beautiful, and so true. Time slipped away while hurry took time's place. Maybe now we have time to slip back into yesterday?

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderfully wise advice in this well-written poem, Nell. I think when this is all over our behaviour may have changed a little and hopefully for the better.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      Beautiful and uplifting words Nell. I agree life was simpler back in the day, when people were more in harmony with nature and had time for each other. Being inside gives us time to reflect, particularly on why we should stay inside.

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      Tim Truzy 

      4 months ago from U.S.A.

      Yes, Nell. Beautiful indeed. The silence speaks volumes. A talented researcher, writer, reporter, and poet you are. This morning I sat outside and listened to the birds. Peaceful and rewarding. Thank you for an insightful piece of poetry. Stay safe.

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