Aparna Chatterjee


Your Silence


I have spoken long enough
I have spoken well enough
Now let me be silent
And see how Silence speaks
Hear the words unspoken
For you could never speak
And whenever I asked you
All I could ever hear, was:
Your Silence…

Yes, that very Silence of yours
Which sucked all my life out
making me feel miserable
day in and day out
Still I kept holding on,
hoping on and hanging on…
If you could ever speak

Yet you never spoke up
Instead, offered me a challenge
A challenge to a broken heart?
A challenge to a defeated soul?
Oh! How Ruthless you could be…

And still you ever want me
To keep hearing your silence
And make some meaning of it all
I told you long before
Silence never works for me
I am a woman of words…
It might work well for you
So be it, my love…
If that is what you call ‘friendship’

Let you be silent
And me be too
And we can still remain ‘friends’
For if you speak
And I speak too
Who knows, One day
We might become foes…
And I would rather die
A Friend of yours
Than choose to be a Foe.

Submitted: Wednesday, December 07, 2005

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  • Gold Star - 11,684 Points Ramesh Rai (8/20/2014 9:20:00 PM)

    Let you be silent
    And me be too
    And we can still remain
    ‘friends’
    For if you speak
    And I speak too
    Who knows, One day
    We might become foes…
    And I would rather die
    A Friend of yours
    Than choose to be a Foe.
    Great lines. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,260 Points Aparna Chatterjee (1/31/2014 3:18:00 AM)

    Dear Friends,

    Many thanks for your kind appreciation of my composition. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,463 Points * Sunprincess * (1/30/2014 10:37:00 PM)

    .........I know I have heard silence is golden...but it is better
    to speak now when we have a chance...a wonderful write (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 7,536 Points Geetha Jayakumar (1/30/2014 9:57:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. It seems words are poured out from someones heart. Well I know very well how one will feel.
    Silence is very difficult to break. As long as communication goes on even though some bitter words are thrown at each other, there is not much problem. But when silence falls it is very very difficult to cross the river. Only the positive hope and continous effort can break the silence, it should be done as early as possible. It should not be delayed.
    Wonderful flow of words from your pen. Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 145 Points Claude H Oliver Ii (1/30/2014 9:05:00 AM)

    Beautiful, many insights, the dualities of silence and a lack of silence. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points Felix Lama (1/30/2014 7:49:00 AM)

    nice words. poetry is indeed the reflection of day to day life contrary to the popular belief that its is mere work of imagination. i could connect some events in my life to these lines. all the best (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,668 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (1/30/2014 1:50:00 AM)

    One silent and one speaking may be better than both silent or both speaking. But let speaking and silence take turns in a positive way. Being friends is better than turning foes. Feelings nicely expressed. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,260 Points Aparna Chatterjee (2/4/2013 8:40:00 AM)

    Thanks - Savita, Veeraiyah and Soulful Heart for your generous reviews. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,834 Points Savita Tyagi (1/30/2013 10:22:00 PM)

    And I would rather die
    A Friend of yours
    Than choose to be a Foe. Love the words. It speaks for silence. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,682 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (1/30/2013 8:40:00 PM)

    when ego rules the heart, people may fail to feel the pain in the mind! Silence is kept for various reasons, apart from ego and self centered attitude, as both men and women go out and work and both of them have their own share of good and bad experiences, so clearing the doubts is the foremost step that should be taken on the path of long term relationship whether it is in a marriage or friendship between two or more people or countries.... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,905 Points Soulful Heart (1/30/2013 12:50:00 AM)

    Nicely portrayed the communication gap that has rended homes apart in all parts of the world........................good write (Report) Reply

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