How Strangely Quiet Poem by Seamus O' Brian

How Strangely Quiet

Rating: 5.0


how strangely quiet this space
between words
when poems are inhaled,
absorbed;
the breath dies within
unreleased
when the doorway to thought
and vision
the tunnel of a soul's utterance
is chained
and barred
when petty grievances
stab the heart
of poetry.
The voice of art
lost
to the following
of the wind
The softly whispered
edge of human beauty
consumed
by pride and envy.
Farewell to those
who must find
solace
in shadow
I will remain
in the light
in the spaces
between these
words
Come
and find me

Monday, March 6, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: life,poetry,sorrow
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Tom Billsborough 07 March 2017

A superb poem, Seamus! I agree with my friend, Robert. You're one of the best poets on PH. This one is going into my favourites' list. No doubt about it. It's hauntingly lyrical.

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Seamus O Brian 07 March 2017

Thank you, Tom, I am humbly privileged to maintain my little garden here in the midst of very fine horticulturalists as yourself, from whom I have learned much and who thankfully keep my prow pointed to higher planes (if I might mix a few metaphors) .

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Tom Billsborough 07 March 2017

I like to mix a few too, Seamus. I think your garden has a very rich soil. and your subtle messages are very much approved by our Irish lady friend and myself.

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Rebecca Navarre 03 March 2018

Ever Such Emotion Painted Within! ! ! ! ! And Ever So Heart Moving! ! ! ! ! Powerful Message! ! ! ! ! Thank You Ever So Much For Sharing! ! ! ! ! Endless 1OS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! +++++

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Glen Kappy 23 June 2017

Hey, Neal! So I've just read this poem for the third time at least. And once again I appreciate you sensitively and accessibly sketching the invisible. With you I'll also choose to remain in the light. How quickly, we know, envy can derail us. I'm reminded of a proverb which goes something like this Above all things guard your heart for that's where life starts. Be well! Glen

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Darwin Henry Beuning 31 March 2017

Seamus, Beautiful poem. I rate a 10

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Bharati Nayak 13 March 2017

how strangely quiet this space between words when poems are inhaled, absorbed; the breath dies within unreleased when the doorway to thought and vision the tunnel of a soul's utterance is chained and barred when petty grievances stab the heart of poetry. - - - - - - A poem of absolute beauty.Loved it.Goes to my favorite list.

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Annette Aitken 07 March 2017

On reading this I to think of what or who could have been great on here, but the shadow has won this battle, one day they will see the light and stay in its brightness. This reads so wonderfully Seamus, and love the line of hope....Come and find me. (brillant) Annette.

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Seamus O Brian 07 March 2017

Thank you, Annette. Though you carry us with you with your words into lands of shadow, you are definitely a soul who dwells in the light. You are a bright patch of light in this sometimes murky wood. :) S

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