poet Billy Collins

Billy Collins

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Silence

There is the sudden silence of the crowd
above a player not moving on the field,
and the silence of the orchid.

The silence of the falling vase
before it strikes the floor,
the silence of the belt when it is not striking the child.

The stillness of the cup and the water in it,
the silence of the moon
and the quiet of the day far from the roar of the sun.

The silence when I hold you to my chest,
the silence of the window above us,
and the silence when you rise and turn away.

And there is the silence of this morning
which I have broken with my pen,
a silence that had piled up all night

like snow falling in the darkness of the house—
the silence before I wrote a word
and the poorer silence now.

Topic(s) of this poem: silence

Poem Submitted: Friday, April 24, 2015

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (11/7/2019 3:16:00 AM)

    like snow falling in the darkness of the house—
    the silence before I wrote a word
    and the poorer silence now... interesting thoughts on silence. tony

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  • Bijay Kant Dubey (10/25/2019 1:39:00 AM)

    A little bit different from Pope's Ode on Solitude, it clutches in a handful of silence scattering from the stars under the moonshine sometimes, sometimes felt in the orchards and when marking how the things are, how do they exist?

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (7/8/2019 12:32:00 PM)

    The silence of the falling vase
    before it strikes the floor,
    the silence of the belt when it is not striking the child. OHH this is a very fine meditation. Silence in my mind, in your mind, in our experiences. tony

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (1/16/2019 11:02:00 PM)

    A word of thanks to Annette Potgieter, for her wonderful comment; ... ' I wish to believe that silence is a language the silent understand.' Claps....

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (1/16/2019 10:58:00 PM)

    'And there is the silence of this morning
    which I have broken with my pen,
    a silence that had piled up all night' - wonderfully said, and I can myself relate to it. Silence is required for creativity.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (1/16/2019 6:15:00 PM)

    And there is the silence of this morning
    which I have broken with my pen,
    a silence that had piled up all night

    Great piece by Billy Collins................

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (1/16/2019 2:18:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem.
    It is in silence that we could create a beautiful thought.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/16/2019 12:04:00 PM)

    The silence! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • yazeso (1/16/2019 9:50:00 AM)

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (1/16/2019 9:36:00 AM)

    Marvelous poem. The dull silence of mind before a thought worthwhile sprouts.......

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (1/16/2019 9:29:00 AM)

    The twists, turns the sweet flow and nice rhythm of the poem gives a soothing feeling. A wonderful poem that i like to read again and again. Thanks for posting.

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (1/16/2019 7:04:00 AM)

    my first time reading this one by billy. as usual he satisfies my imagination with his descriptions (for me the first two lines are most striking) . and i resonate with his last line—silence is precious when we find it, enter it, from all the noise in the world. -gk

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (1/16/2019 3:28:00 AM)

    The build and pressure, of its expectation, that demands expression by the poet.

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (1/16/2019 3:28:00 AM)

    like snow falling in the darkness of the house—
    the silence before I wrote a word
    and the poorer silence now......fine expression

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/16/2019 12:56:00 AM)

    Different manifestations of silence and the things that can be perceived in each instance unveiled wonderfully. Thanks for sharing.10 points.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/16/2019 12:31:00 AM)

    silence from the material to immaterial
    silence is mystic form of the realistic learning//// beautiful poem

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  • P. MasonP. Mason (12/20/2016 8:25:00 PM)

    I rather like this, there is a darkness about it that fit me tonight.

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  • G. Akanji OlaniyiG. Akanji Olaniyi (12/19/2015 1:19:00 AM)

    Silence is an artistic practice and form.............it is even the noisiest form of art. Tfs! ! ! !

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (4/24/2015 12:50:00 PM)

    Silence is one of my favorite topics and you did it justice here, Billy. Thanks for sharing
    Peace

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