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Silence a Message to Convey- a Response to Brenda Arledge Week 18 Prompt

Misbah enjoys poetry and loves to convey the messages of Love through her poems.

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This piece of writing is written in response to a word prompt challenge by our beautiful co-author and a loving friend, "Brenda Arledge". The word prompt for this week is "Silence"

Silence has the power to speak a thousand words all at once.

— Misbah

Silence a Message to Convey

My thunderous silence is a message
Do you think, when I’m silent
it's because, I'm weak, or
I don't want arguments?

If you believe it, you are wrong,
for silence is the most beautiful of my arguments.
It's respect, I'll show you that.
It's the break that allows you
to understand me, and
the previous sentence,
before the next one arrives.
It is rest of the heart and supper.

It's a feast for the soul, and
a place where the heart rests.
Learn that,
you will always be the master of the words,
you do not speak, but
a slave to those you make.

You have the possibility to choose,
to be a slave or to be a master.
It is not necessary to answer; again,
silence will suffice.

Through stillness,
God created speech and balanced.
All the words would be heavy,
If there would be no silence.

Who can claim the opposite?
So when I hold my tongue
Don't push me to use it,
because true calm is preferable, than
a false or cruel statement,
I will make

My silence is much more powerful,
than the bulk of my words, I speak
Watch out, don't speak,
listen to the inner voice
and remain quiet.


Silence has been highly appreciated in Eastern culture for centuries, and it is regarded as an active way of searching within, of better understanding oneself.

People may believe we are untrustworthy because of the words we speak; the one who is silent has authority and is the master. It's sometimes preferable to remain silent rather than speak.

When words fail, silence may convey the most powerful messages.

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh

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