poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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I catch the pattern
Of your silence
Before you speak

I do not need
To hear a word.

In your silence
Every tone I seek
Is heard.

Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (10/9/2018 6:56:00 AM)

    So beautifully expressed! People who are very close need not speak to convey what they feel. One can divine the thoughts of the other.

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  • Suzanity (4/8/2018 9:10:00 AM)

    Actions can speak louder than words...Why do some people choose to be silent when in fact, they should speak out? What can silence reveal about someone's character? So many levels of interpretation.

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (12/7/2016 4:26:00 AM)

    silence too is powerful like words....good message

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  • Joseph PhillipsJoseph Phillips (6/23/2013 3:51:00 PM)

    Lol, some of the people who comment on these are entertainingly clueless. Hughes, may he rest in peace, had such a gift for words. I'm going to memorize this poem and use it as a nice way to tell people to shut up :) .

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  • Angela IlyasAngela Ilyas (4/16/2013 12:16:00 AM)

    I Love your poem! It's simple but great! A lot of knowledge & wisdom is such a short poem. Silence is a Powerful thing! You learn much in Silence! Excellent Job! Blessings....

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