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The Roaring Silence! ~ a Poem

John is a contemporary poet who uses the rhyming styles of the classics to discuss current issues.


Word Prompts Help Creativity/Week 18: "Silence"

Word Prompts Help Creativity / Week 18 is an article I try to write each week.

I toss out a single word prompt for inspiration, hoping it kicks our creativity in gear.

Each of us decides whether to write a poem, a short story, a song, or a combination. The only requirement is to have fun while writing.

This week I've decided to go with the word "silence." ~ Brenda Arledge

Brenda's prompts always provide great inspiration and I look forward to finding out what each week's word will be. This poem "The Roaring Silence!" is the result of the Week 18 prompt "Silence." I always try to think outside the box, so to speak, so I hope you find my interpretation a little different and worth a read.

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

The Roaring Silence!

Beware the roaring silence

that brings you to your knees,

shouting from the rooftops,

and whistling through the trees.

Within the busy city streets

it lurks behind the noise,

the hustle and the traffic,

and screams within the void.

We get used to the bedlam,

the ruckus and the din,

so when the calm assails us

there’s pandemonium within!

The silence howls and bellows

like a hibernating bear

awoken from its slumber.

If you disturb it-Hark! Beware!


Silence is not soundless,

it’s just drowned out by the clatter.

If all the raucous noises ceased

you’d hear what really matters.

They say silence is golden,

that it’s tranquil and it’s calm.

The peaceful stillness overwhelms,

then rips off both your arms!

Listen to the echos

that fill the hallowed halls,

the shrieking of the banshees,

and deathly spirit calls.

So hush! Don’t speak! Be silent!

That’s an order, not a request.

The roaring silence in your head

is the curse with which you’re blessed!



Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no other external sound is present. Most people will experience a faint "normal tinnitus" in a completely quiet room but it is only of concern if it is annoying or interferes with normal hearing. While often described as a ringing, it may also sound like a clicking, buzzing, hissing, or roaring. The sound may be soft or loud, low or high pitched, and sufferers may sense it coming from one or both ears or from the head itself.

Sometimes, the sound may interfere with concentration and may also be associated with anxiety and depression. Tinnitus is usually accompanied by some degree of hearing loss and with decreased understanding of speech in noisy environments. It is quite common, affecting about 10–15% of people. Most, however, adjust and it is a significant problem in only 1–2% of people. The word tinnitus comes from the Latin tinnire which means "to ring".

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