john o'connell

(11.12.1949 / Limerick, Ireland)

A silence.


In this silence
there is not the hush of a breeze,
not the purr of a cat,
not the hum of summer bees
and not the wiping of feet on a mat.

In this silence
there is the absence of fear,
the quenching of thirst
and the quiet eating of hungry bread.

In this silence there is the wise old look that says so much.

This silence is and is not
the lapping of gentle waters on the shores of a lonely lake.

This silence is not
the cries of gulls hovering
above the cliffs of eternal seas.

Submitted: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A silence. by john o'connell )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. That Day, Tony Adah
  2. Broken Dreams, Shabeeh Haider
  3. Sad, sad, Cee Bea
  4. Thousand-Legger at Midnight, Donal Mahoney
  5. Suicide, Hans Raj Sharma
  6. Walls that never spoke before, Cee Bea
  7. Deep Purple II, Edward Kofi Louis
  8. Prayers!, Edward Kofi Louis
  9. I met a gentle lady, Cee Bea
  10. Made Openly, Edward Kofi Louis

Poem of the Day

I

Our life is twofold; Sleep hath its own world,
A boundary between the things misnamed
Death and existence: Sleep hath its own world,
And a wide realm of wild reality,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet May Swenson

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]