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The Roaring Silence! ~ a Poem

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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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!


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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!

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Tinnitus

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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Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 28, 2021:

John

Thanks.

I thought maybe I was losing my mind.

Good to know I'm not.

The part on the Tinnitus does fit.

Have a good night.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 28, 2021:

Hi again, Brenda. Yes, I did add the tinnitus info afterwards. I thought it was appropriate.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 28, 2021:

Devika, you are always so generous with your comments. That means a lot. Glad you enjoyed this.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 28, 2021:

John

It took me awhile to find this one again...it was buried in the feed.

Did you add the Tinnitus part after I read it??

I didn't remember it.

In any case, I suffer from noises in my right ear. It's not a click or a ring.

But it happens daily and quite alot.

It is a pain, but it does interrupt that complete silence.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 28, 2021:

Hi Jodah, I like this poem and you have put together poems that mean a lot to all here. Explained and what a perfect way to do this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 26, 2021:

Hi Flourish. Thank you for reading. I am glad your tinnitus didn't last that long.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 26, 2021:

This was excellent. I've also experienced bouts of tinnitus and it was a maddening experience. Thankfully, however, my did not last years.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2021:

Thank you for your generous comment, Audrey. Sorry to hear you also suffer tinnitus. I am glad it doesn’t hamper your singing and love of music.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 25, 2021:

A glorious response to this prompt. In fact, this is my favorite...but I think I've said this before. :) I've suffered from Tinnitus for years. It's no walk in the park. The constant roar blocks my brain. Glad you mentioned this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2021:

Thank you for reading this poem, MG. Your comment is also greatly appreciated.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 25, 2021:

A wonderful poem as usual. Your take on silence captivates.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2021:

Good to see you manatita. I appreciate your generous and valued words.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 25, 2021:

Hi Shauna, I wasn’t thinking of tinnitus when I started writing this, but the further it went I thought…yes this must be similar to what sufferers of that condition experience. Yes, that photo is quite amazing. Thanks as always.

manatita44 from london on June 25, 2021:

Lyrical and beautiful as always John. The three monkeys have been favourites of mines for many years and of course your take on Silence is commendable.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 25, 2021:

John, I love the last line: "The roaring silence in your head is the curse with which you've been blessed." I interpreted this as having peace within regardless of the clatter that surrounds us. I had no idea you were referring to tinnitus!

The closing photo is mesmerizing. I can't keep my eyes off it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 24, 2021:

Thank you for taking the time to read this piece, Centfie. It is always great to read your feedback. Much appreciated.

Centfie from Kenya on June 24, 2021:

What's a captivating oxymoron in the title "The Roaring Silence!" I enjoyed reading your contrast, and reflections about silence. Great piece!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 24, 2021:

Hi Moondot, I am glad you liked the title of the poem. I agree with your statement "Sometimes silence destroys us from within, and sometimes we should remain silent." Thank you for reading.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on June 24, 2021:

A beautiful response to word prompt challenge, Jodah. The thing which I loved the most is your title of the poem. It's just amazing. Sometimes silence destroys us from within, and sometimes we should remain silent.

Stay safe and healthy...

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 24, 2021:

Thank you for reading and appreciating this poem, Chitrangada. I am happy you found this poem powerful and that you enjoyed it.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 24, 2021:

Great response to the word prompt, Silence! Your poem speaks volumes, in a powerful way! I loved reading it!

Silence is sometimes, deafening!

I am familiar with, Tittinus! You have very well explained this medical term!

Thank you for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 24, 2021:

Linda, I guess you learn to live with tinnitus over time but it is difficult for others to comprehend just what it is like. Thank you for reading, and I am glad you could relate to the poem.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 24, 2021:

Thank you for creating this poem, John. Tinnitus was the first thing that I thought of when I saw Brenda's prompt. I have constant tinnitus as well as hearing loss. The tinnitus isn't a problem unless my attention is drawn to it. Then I notice the sounds. Your poem was a great response to the challenge.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2021:

Thank you for your generous comment, Vidya. Sorry, your husband suffers tinnitus, as does my wife.

I am glad this may have provided some idea of what they experience.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 23, 2021:

What a roaring response to Brenda's prompt John. Yes silence can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing for someone who wants to get away from the din and bustle of city life and a curse for a person with tinnitus. My husband suffers from this. Now I know how he must feel. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Thank you Brittany :)

Brittany Benko from South Carolina on June 22, 2021:

Great article, as always.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Oh MizB, my wife suffers from tinnitus also. I did have that in the back of my mind when I wrote this…so perhaps I captured something of what sufferers go through. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Rozlin, you are always so generous with your comments. Thank you for reading and enjoying this poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Mr. Happy, after writing this poem “..a Silence older than time” is quite unsettling. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Linda, that is so true. Since the pandemic started “the sound of being alone” is a terrifying sound indeed.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 22, 2021:

John, such imagery on a topic that I treasure: silence. This is one of your most poignant poems. As a person with tinnitus, pure silence is hard for me to experience.

Rozlin from UAE on June 22, 2021:

Wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, John. Shouting from rooftops... whistling through the trees, you have nicely crafted the picture of silence in words in your poem. Enjoyed reading. Thank you for sharing your stunning work. Blessings and peace

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 22, 2021:

Nice topic! Sometimes when asked who I am, I respond by saying that: "I am that Silence older than Time."

I like Silence. Thank You.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 22, 2021:

John, what an amazing response to Brenda's prompt. Silence is not golden. Perhaps the loudest silence we have discovered in this past year is the sound of being alone.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Brenda, thank you for the prompt “silence” and providing the inspiration for this poem. As soon as I saw the word for the prompt I felt drawn to write something and I was surprised how easily the words seemed to flow.

I love your interpretation of the poem and how you are personally affected by silence. It is great that each line painted a picture in your mind. Thank you for sharing the link.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Ms Dora, it is wonderful when we write something that our readers find insightful and makes them think more deeply. Thank you for reading and commenting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Thank you for such a wonderful comment, Ravi. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Rosina, your comment is very encouraging. I am happy you found this poem both different and stunning. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

An “excellent” from you means a lot, Bill. I like to hope my writing is still improving so your comment confirms that may be the case. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

I wanted this to be a little different, Peg, so I am glad it proved effective. Your comment is appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Thanks for reading my response to the prompt, Pamela. My muse obviously enjoyed composing this poem. I am glad you enjoyed both the poem and the images. Bless you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 22, 2021:

Interesting that silence is not soundless, but just a hidden noise. What an insightful perspective. Deep thought!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on June 22, 2021:

Amazing John. Your poem brings out the power of silence in a roaring way that stirs both the heart and soul. Thanks for this wonderful creation.

Rosina S Khan on June 22, 2021:

Superb stunning poem. This one's different from the others. I loved it. Great response to Brenda's word prompt, "Silence". Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 22, 2021:

John

Your response to this word prompt was very quick but your muse guided you well.

It is so witty. It flows just right & paints a picture in my mind as I read each line.

It is so true that we get used to all the chaos going on in our lives.

Maybe that is why we can't handle it when those quiet moments strike out of nowhere.

I like how you tell us the silence is lurking in the background screaming.

You tell us silence has a sound. It howls & bellows like a bear that's just woke up from his long nap.

That is one heck of a roar.

If all the noises ceased we'd hear the sound of silence.

It's not tranquility after all for it feels like it's ripping off your arms.

Just listening to it echo through the halls is enough to hear the deathly spirit call.

The ending tells us it's a curse with which we are blessed.

I know silence can make me cringe inside. I'll go somewhere just to hear some noise.

But then again, there are times when if I listen close enough...that silence gives me all the answers I've been looking to find.

So I guess tis true.. it's a curse as well as a blessing

A wonderful response and the writing is fantastic.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Oh Misbah....I love your quote by Nicholas Sparks.

I thought I was old...but I guess I'm still a young pup, for I can't stand to sit in the silence & be content ...at least not for too long.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 22, 2021:

Excellent! To my untrained poetic mind, this is one of your best. At the very least, it is one of my favorites. Love the images you have created for us, my friend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2021:

From the din and clatter of busy streets to the contrast of silence, you have taken us on a journey quite different from the norm. Those images are a great addition. Well done!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2021:

I absolutely love your poem as a response to Brenda's prompt. Your pictures are also perfect. You poem says so much, John.

I love the ending:

"The roaring silence in your head

is the curse with which you’re blessed!"

Magnificent job, my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Hey Misbah, it is always great to receive your comments. Thanks for sharing the fine quote by Nicholas Sparks. I am happy that you enjoyed this poem. Blessings to you.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 22, 2021:

What a quick and wonderful response to Brenda's Prompt, John. You have done a brilliant job as always. I loved it.

Beautiful lines :

"Silence is not soundless,

it’s just drowned out by the clatter.

If all the raucous noises ceased

you’d hear what really matters."

We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.

~~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem. Take care and keep smiling

Blessings always!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2021:

Hello Liz, thank you for reading. I appreciate your comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 22, 2021:

This is an interesting take on the theme. It has a compelling rhythm and encourages the reader to think outside the box.

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