Yasmeen Khan


I have heard the silences....


I have heard the silences that speak loud
When we are alone in the noisy crowd
The silence in the eyes and words unsaid
In solitude like a sheet it spreads
The silence that rests deep down in the soul
Stormier than the strongest storms that roll
When the rain ends its high-pitched lay
Silence sparkles in the drops on each spray
Silent melodies on a painted vase
Resonate in the ears without a cause
The silence of the sick that trails in the room
When we are voiceless on death’s gloom
The silence of great hatred and of love
Sometimes like a sword hangs above
Silence of an enlightened, a light in the mists
Intelligible to those whose faith persists
The silence of the graveyard grates the hearing
Defines life, echoes overhearing
There is the silence of the spirit tortured
Streaks through the loud and cruel laughter
The silence of a dumb that speaks in the eyes
A quiver on the lips deep in the heart it lies
The silence at the dead of moonlit night
Trails with the rays beat the fright
The silence sometimes flows like a stream
In the darkness of fate groans and screams
The silence that rests in the wrinkles on a face
Tells the stories when the heart was on the race
And there is the silence that comes with age
Profuse with wisdom, experience’s swage

Submitted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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it refers to Saadat Tahir's poem 'Sound of Silence'.

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  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (8/6/2013 1:16:00 AM)

    Silent melodies on a painted vase reminds me of unheard melodies with the soundless sound and an abstract effect on the soul...it also refers to the frenzied drumming of a dumb girl who spoke for life by this action in a play by Brecht, though i did not read it but a reference to this is relevant. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 25 Points Allemagne Roßmann (7/27/2013 9:24:00 PM)

    Chal Ve bullehya
    chal uthay chaliyay
    Jithay saaray Annay
    Na koi saadee Zaat Pichhanay
    Na koi saanu mannay

    dha day masjid
    dha day mandir
    dha day Jo kujh disda

    Par kissay da dil Na dhawey
    Rub dilaaN wich wasda
    Par kissay da dil Na dhawey
    Rub dilaaN wich wasda

    ulte hor zamane aaye,
    bhed asaan hun sajjan de paaye
    kaa laggad nun maaran lagge
    chiriyan jurre khaaye

    Written well.Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 25 Points Allemagne Roßmann (7/27/2013 9:18:00 PM)

    Chal Ve bullehya
    chal uthay chaliyay
    Jithay saaray Annay
    Na koi saadee Zaat Pichhanay
    Na koi saanu mannay

    dha day masjid
    dha day mandir
    dha day Jo kujh disda

    Par kissay da dil Na dhawey
    Rub dilaaN wich wasda
    Par kissay da dil Na dhawey
    Rub dilaaN wich wasda

    ulte hor zamane aaye,
    bhed asaan hun sajjan de paaye
    kaa laggad nun maaran lagge
    chiriyan jurre khaaye

    Splendid write.The lyrics from an upcoming flick Madras Cafe fits best your this one.It is in Punjabi.When you live in Lahore, I doubly assure myself you can understand every word of Punjabi.There the language is Punjabi though not official.Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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