Saiom Shriver

(Ohio)

09 Silence


Basho taught us the pond has no sound no refrain..
until violated by a frog, a stone, or fingers of the rain
*
As one honking horn disturbs hundreds of ears,
so one angry word shatters peace into pieces.
*
Dawn's breaking quiet begets bees' buzzing riot.
*
3 quiets merge.. the silent snowsift.. night's fall swift
and the stillness of the wilderness
*
God has said to revile none.. rather to revel as He
God as Love indwelling each reveals
*
The pain inflicting doctors who play at science
debark captive dogs so that they may hurt in silence.
*
Yogis sometimes roll up the red carpet of welcome, the speaking
tongue.
*
Bright orange trumpet flowers grow like clapperless bells..
as saffron clad monks prefer silence
*
The boat leaves foam wake. The canoe, ripples. But geese
leave no trace as they fly.
*
Misogynists wish women to be tongueless belles, as silent
as the meadow's tongless bluebells

Submitted: Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Edited: Friday, June 27, 2008

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