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

Misbah enjoys poetry and conveys 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.

Thoughts

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

Comments

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful response, Nithya. Glad to see your comment. I am happy you like it. Much Love!

Blessings and Peace

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 28, 2021:

Beautiful poem about silence. I love these lines -

Through stillness,

God created speech and balanced.

All the words would be heavy,

If there would be no silence.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and generous comment, Devika. Much appreciated, dear friend. Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts with me. You are very kind.

Blessings and Love!!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 27, 2021:

Hi Misbah you have written an brilliant response to this challenge. As always you provide such great expressions and thoughts. Your message is understood and silence is the key to avoid any other issues. You can walk away with a clear mind.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 27, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and generous comment,Ravi. I truly appreciate that. Glad you liked it. Stay safe and happy!

Many Blessings to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 27, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful remarks, Chitra Di. I truly appreciate that. I am glad you finally found it in your feed. Your comments are always very valuable to me. Yes, silence is very powerful and one of my Best and beautiful arguments as well ;)

Stay safe and healthy!

Many Blessings and Love to you, dear Di

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on June 27, 2021:

Wonderfully said Misbah. I loved the ending verses that so much conveyed the hidden power of silence.Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 27, 2021:

Excellent response to the word prompt, silence. I truly believe in the fact, that sometimes Silence is more powerful than words. The best way to win an argument, is to be silent. Your poem, your thoughts are relatable to me, and I endorse it.

This article was so difficult to find on my feed. But thankfully, it appeared today.

God bless you and thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of writing.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and generous feedback, dear brother. Your generosity is always appreciated. I am glad you found the message to be strong and powerful. Allah Bless You...

Peace!!

manatita44 from london on June 25, 2021:

A powerful poem and strong inner message. Engaging, impactful, emotive and delivered exquisitely. The summary is quite useful to. Jai Ram! ya Allah; ya Hafiz!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 24, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and generous comment, Linda. I am glad you liked it. Much Love!!

Blessings always

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 23, 2021:

I love your poem and the quotation at the start of the article, Misbah. You’ve raised some thought-provoking points about silence!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Oh, Okay Peggy. I had no idea. I was just confused, so I thought I should ask you. It's a lovely hub. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me know. Much Love!!

Blessings to you, dear friend

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

By mistake, it got published under a different URL. They worked hard to remedy it and get it moved to the correct URL. It should soon be on Delishably. Thanks for your comment on it.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Hi Peggy, Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad you like the poem and the message in it. Surely, Silence is Golden. Much Love!! Stay safe and healthy.

Blessings and Peace

PS: I just received an e-mail notification from Hubpages that you have just published a hub, "Quick and Easy Fish Ceviche Recipe". As far as I know, your article looks like it's on Discover, but the email link takes me to HubPages.com. Is that some kind of error?

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Moon, thank you so much for your lovely comments and for sharing your sweet thoughts with me. My beloved sister, your lovely comments are always appreciated. Because we all go through various experiences in life, each soul has its own set of struggles. Looking back, I believe things are different for you in the way I stated. However, I believe that silence has a force that words lack; it is difficult to comprehend at first, but I believe that after some time, people do understand. Silence never makes you feel sorry. I wish you the best of luck in all you do in life. May Allah always protect you and showers His Countless Blessings on you. Ameen!

Lots of Love and Blessings to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Eman. I truly appreciate that. I am glad you like the poem and the message it contains. Allah bless you

Love and Peace

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Thank you so much dear sister, Rozlin. I am pleased to know you enjoyed this one. Thank you for sharing the beautiful Hadees. There are many Ahadees and Aqwal e Zareen as well as quotes by Hazrat Ali ( RA) regarding silence. I appreciate dear sister. Silence is the solution to many problems. I love this quote by Hazrat Ali( RA): "Silence is the garden of thoughts"

May Allah bless you and keeps you safe and healthy. Ameen!

Much Love!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Brenda, calling it "Outstanding" means a lot to me. I'm delighted that you enjoyed my response to your prompt. Listening to the inner voice requires silence. We don't talk many times in our life because we don't want to hurt anyone. Anyhow,  We all do it sometimes, and we regret it later in life. As a result, it is essential to promote silence. Thank you for this beautiful Prompt. I enjoyed working on this one.

Stay well and enjoy!!

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Mr.Bill, thank you very much for your thoughtful and wonderful comment. Sir, it is human nature to think after speaking, yet silence is always promoted in the eastern culture, such as in meditation. It's about getting to know ourselves so we can listen to our inner voice. I'm happy you enjoyed it. Happy Wednesday!! Stay safe and healthy

Blessings always

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2021:

There is an old saying: "Silence is Golden." There is much truth in that. I enjoyed your beautiful poem and its message.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on June 23, 2021:

This is a wonderful piece of writing, Misbah. In fact, your poem is the gist of all my feelings and emotions at the time when I remain silent.

I remain silent when I dislike someone's sayings or stance because I don't want to create a mess. I remain silent because I don't want to lose my dear people just because of few harsh words. But sometimes people don't care. As you said, "When I look back, I frequently wonder how things would have turned out if I had chosen silence". But I think for myself that It would be nice if I could speak. Thanks for sharing this master piece.

Stay safe and healthy...

Nian from Pakistan on June 23, 2021:

I love the poem,Misbah. This poem is amazing and the message is outstanding.

Love and Blessings!

Rozlin from UAE on June 23, 2021:

Great response to Brenda's prompt, Misbah. You have nicely explained silence and it's use in different ways in poem. I enjoyed reading. I liked the quote and final thoughts too. It's a hadees in Sahih Al Bhukari , our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The person who controls his anger and remains silent is more powerful than a wrestler.

Thanks for sharing this article.

Blessings to you, dear sister

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 23, 2021:

Misbah

This poem is outstanding!

This is a great poem with an inspiring message.

In your poem, "Silence A Message to Convey" you tell us silence doesn't show weakness or a means to avoid arguments.

It shows respect.

That we should hold one's tongue before saying words that cause pain.

We should not speak but listen to the inner words.

We usually speak first then think later,

often with regret.

We want to take back what we've said, but it's too late.

The Eastern culture might just be right about this one.

Silence is an

"active way of searching within, of better understanding oneself."

In America we seldom do this one.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 23, 2021:

I love the Eastern culture approach and belief to silence. I wish more Americans felt that way. In the U.S., most people speak and then think, and that leads to misunderstandings and negative reactions.

Personally, I am a quiet man, but much is happening inside this overactive brain of mine. lol

Loved the poetry, my friend. May you have the happiest of Wednesdays, and blessings to you always.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Thank you so much, Rosina, for taking the time to read my response to the prompt. I always like reading your comments on my work. I'm happy you enjoyed it.. Much Love!!

Many Blessings to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Thank you so much, John, for your thoughtful and wonderful comment. Your generosity is always appreciated. Yes, there are moments when it is more necessary to be silent than to speak. We learn from our mistakes. When I look back, I frequently wonder how things would have turned out if I had chosen silence. Time teaches us a lot.I am glad you enjoyed it. Gratitude, dear friend. Keep smiling!!

Many Blessings to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on June 23, 2021:

Pamela, thank you very much for your beautiful comment. I'm happy you enjoyed it. It's always a treat to read your comment. Stay well and safe

Blessings and Love

Rosina S Khan on June 23, 2021:

This is a beautiful poem in response to Brenda's prompt, Misbah. Silence is always powerful and I agree with your last verse a lot and in fact, it is my favorite verse in the poem. Here it is:

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.

Thank you for sharing. All the best.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2021:

This is a wonderful piece of poetry, expressing the true meaning behind silence and being careful of what we speak. Silence can be much more powerful than speaking falsehoods and unwise words.

Nice work with this prompt, Misbah. I enjoyed reading the wisdom in your words.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2021:

I like your response to Brenda's prompt, Misbah. The poem makes a statement about how you feel, and I like your explanation of the Eastern culture.

Love and blessings.

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