I Speak Not #153 In Top 500 Poems On 15th July 2021 Poem by Bharati Nayak

I Speak Not #153 In Top 500 Poems On 15th July 2021

Rating: 4.9

I speak not
As I feel
Speaking is not essential
Silence speaks for itself
Even eyes speak
Speak thousand words my quivering lips
Unsaid words travel million miles
Sun speaks
Moon speaks
Speaks the thunderstorm
When hearts meet
Mouth says no words
Only the closeness knows
How louder is the heart
When it beats
Beating the loudness of sea-roars.

Editedon 26th May2020This poem is my first poem on Poem Hunter and it is among the top 500 classical poems.But it holds a special place in my heart as it represents the love, care, appreciation and friendship of thousands of readers and poets who have read it and many have written their impressions.As a poet what more one desires! Today I received an appreciation on this poemfrom Daniel Brick through his mail and I will like to share- -RE " I will not speak" (I hope that's the correct title.) " Hi across the continents BharatiThis poem touched a nerve in so many many readers. It's simply amazing that this poem reached so many in the core of their being: The poem is deeply heart-felt and readers' responses are equally heart felt.I was drawn to it by the title alone. I felt the cognitive dissonance of a poet claiming she will not speak. Then how will she write if she has not talked through her feelings and attitudes? Speech equals conversation and conversation inspires our creativity.Those were my thoughts as I entered the space of this poem. Once INSIDE THE POEM I was aware of thestrength of your voice in the " speaking" of this poem. There's not a false word, the poem speaks economical-ly and truthfully. " The truth and nothing but the truth" - that's how we swear our words are truthful in a law court. Poetry is much older than law courts and it demands our honesty. But being truthful is risky, you make yourself vulnerable. Not to worry - 306 poets at PH read this poem, and were moved to share their delight with you the author and other PH readers including me. All these readers are your protectors. We all protect esch other at PH. Of course, your words are ironical in this poem. You are not really falling silent forever. But by asserting your farewell to poetry, you emphasize how important SELF-EXPRESSION is for our mental and spiritual well-being. We know poetry will always cling to you, it will never abandon you, your voice over the years has assumed its poetic purpose, it will never abandon poetry." From Daniel Brick
Chinedu Dike 04 March 2015

Well articulated piece of poetry, nicely penned with insight. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 06 October 2017

Such a nice poem! Sun speaks/ Moon speaks..each object of God' creation are speakers but the silence (personified) speaks louder than anything else traversing million miles..absolutely beautiful. I loved the piece of work

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Bharati Nayak 06 October 2017

Thank you for reading and appreciating my poems.It is nice to meet Odia poets on PoemHunter page.

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Alina Kaikeyi 19 September 2017

Only the closeness knows How louder is the heart When it beats Beating the loudness of sea-roars. What a romantic write, a lovely poem indeed. God bless you poetess. 10 off 10

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Bharati Nayak 19 September 2017

Thank you for stopping by and for your generous comment as well as rating.

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Savita Tyagi 19 November 2022

congratulations Bharati. I remember reading this beautiful poem long time back. So true and marvelous in its meaning!

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Nosheen Irfan 12 November 2022

Many many congratulations. This poem deserves all the honour and accolades it's getting. Bravo!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 18 October 2022

Timeless! This magnificent poem is an invaluable piece of poetry to be read by your readers time and again dear poetess!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 12 October 2022

A great poem! I take enormous pleasure in reading this outstanding poem multiple times. Stay blessed dear poetess! !

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Susan Williams 14 August 2022

that the great Daniel Brick spoke such words tells all of us here at PoemHunters that you are a magnificent light blazing among us and giving us light and guidance as we learn from your examples, thank you for your friendship through the years--5 million stars

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