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The Unspoken Word

Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.


Words that float into the air and wander aimlessly

Are swept away in the rush of an endless wind

Leaving behind an echo, mirrored in the reflections

Of those whose thoughts hold their mind to ransom

Trying to stay afloat in a sea of preconceived notions

The endless book of silence has no rules or regulations

Seeing behind each human need, revealing their story

And to listen generously is where understanding blooms

Allowing the troubles that cloud the mind to wash over it

Turning to words that dissipate in a quiet pool of hope

There is a profound wisdom to listening from within

This human interaction that values the stillness of silence

Where I search for the imperfections to define what is real

Demanding my conscious attention to foster reflection

Affirming those feelings in the depths of a troubled soul

Loss and sorrow unite to rise on silent wings of grief

And the kindness to listen and understand is not to reply

Allowing a journey of healing that begins when an open heart

Embraces the knowledge of a love that walks beside them

Creating a safe place where eternal notes are echoed

Where restless feelings become an agitated dance

Of dark confusion weeping amidst the ruins of sanity

Healing words are heard in the quiet flow of whispers

That resonate throughout the many dimensions of our lives

Within whose portals the power of silence speaks loudest

© 2021 Lorna Lamon


Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

Thank you for your kind comments Mark which I appreciate. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on May 10, 2021:

A beautiful ode to silence and quietude.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 06, 2021:

Lovely to see you Mary and I'm delighted that you enjoyed this poem. Take care.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 06, 2021:

I love the unspoken word, and you have captured its essence in your poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 05, 2021:

So true Lora. At present I am treating clients who are suffering with PTSD and see very clearly their need to be silent. Thank you for your uplifting comments and I am glad you enjoyed this poem. Take care.

Lora Hollings on May 05, 2021:

There is so much wisdom in being silent and really listening to someone else. Most people don’t really listen and thus they prevent themselves from really understanding another’s experience. Your poem, Lorna, expresses the value of being a true listener and how we can gradually heal another. We have to listen with our hearts as well as our minds before we can truly understand. I think that we can overcome almost any obstacle if we just have someone who will listen to our pain. Your poetry expresses this so beautifully!

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Lovely to see you Vidya and thank you for your generous comments. Listening to what is not being said is where healing begins. Take care and enjoy your day. Blessings.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Thank you for your lovely comments Nithya. I agree, listening is in itself an act of compassion.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem Mary and thank you for your kind comments. Take care.

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 03, 2021:

Lovely poem Lorna with a beautiful message. They say silence is golden. Silence can be eloquent and conveys more than words. Listening to the unspoken word can be healing. I loved this poem Lorna. Thanks for sharing. Take care. Have a great day.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 03, 2021:

A beautiful poem Lorna. We tend to talk more than we listen. Just listening will be a great way to show you care instead of talking and giving advice without fully understanding what a person is going through. The mere act of listening will be a healing process for the troubled person.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 03, 2021:

Healing words...the power of silence...beautiful.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Welcome EK and I appreciate your insightful comments. Life can be hectic and in this mad rush we miss the importance of those unspoken words. Thank you for visiting.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Thank you for your lovely comments Chitrangada. I agree that healing only happens when we listen to what is within and understand.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Hi Brenda, It's not always easy, however, taking time to calm down after an argument allows the person to gather their thoughts. It is only when the mind is still that we can truly listen. Thank you for your insightful comments which I appreciate.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Not everyone can be a good listener Farah and life can be so hectic at times, most people don't have time. However, this is a skill and one that has taken me years to perfect. It's also very necessary as most clients I treat find it very difficult to express their pain. Thank you for the visit and take care always.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Thank you for your insightful and generous comments Dora. It's always good to see you.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Thank you for your kind and generous comments Pamela. Listening to what is not being said is a skill that has taken me many years to perfect, and I am still learning. It's only in the silence that we truly understand. Blessings to you Pamela.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Welcome Amara and thank you for your lovely comments. Blessings.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 03, 2021:

Thank you for your kind comments Peggy. Most people I treat need to unburden their pain before they can begin to heal, and listening is very much a part of this process.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on May 02, 2021:

This is a fantastic poem, Lorna. In the gush of life, it is obvious that people now don't have time to listen to each other. And the downside is that they become suspicious of each other. Because they can't think clearly and make speculation instead of listening to each other.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 02, 2021:

Beautifully expressed, flowing, and a poem with deep thoughts!

I liked your title! You conveyed so much about the ability to listen to the unspoken word! Usually the healing happens, when we try to listen to the soul rather than words!

Thanks for sharing this soulful poem! I enjoyed reading it!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 02, 2021:


This ia an outstanding poem.

I love this line

"Of those whose thoughts hold their mind to ransom

Trying to stay afloat in a sea of preconceived notions"

Whenever words are tossed about, like in a disagreement or argument, one replays them over & over trying to see if we missed something.

If the other person goes silent it just eats at one's core bringing more anger and resentment.

As well as loneliness and a whole string of other questions.

It is so much better for each to listen and willingly be there for one another.

Loving one another & trying to understand each other.

This is how the healing begins.

Great words.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 02, 2021:

Not everyone can be a good listner. It needs patience and empathy to truly listen to spoken words or even those reflected through a moment of silence or a heavy sigh! Most of the time we need to speak our mind not to get a solution from another person but just to get rid of the clutter in our heads so that we can think clearly. A lovely poem, once again!

Dora Weithers on May 02, 2021:

I love the third verse especially but every line contains some deep thought that enhances the meaning of "listening from within." Really good work.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 02, 2021:

For some reason I thought about how we need to listen more than we talk, which wasn't exactly what your poem was about, but there is such peace in silence.

I think this is a beautiful poem, Lorna, and obviously listening is a big part of the message of this poem. I truly enjoyed reading your beautiful words, as always. You always have such a lovely way of writing words that simply flow. Thank you, Lorna. Blessings.

Amara from Pakistan on May 02, 2021:

Meaningful and deep.. Beautifully written.. God bless you..

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 02, 2021:

Hi Lorna,

The work that you do is clearly defined in this poem about the power of listening. It is all some people need to unburden their souls and start the healing process.

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