Norah Tunney

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Silence- The Nearest Thing To God - Poem by Norah Tunney

When your racehorse mind is running around the track,
and your body feels like a heavy sack,
go inside yourself
and find a soft armchair,
feel the stillness quiet as air
and slowly become aware
of the peace that's always there.

What's real and true is the silence deep in you........
silence pulsing through your blood,
Silence- the nearest thing to God.

Topic(s) of this poem: god, meditation, silence

Form: Free Verse

Comments about Silence- The Nearest Thing To God by Norah Tunney

  • Jette Blackstone (12/5/2017 9:13:00 PM)

    What a beautiful and calming poem. Silence is a gift, peace is within us if we allow ourselves to rest. (Report)Reply

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  • Jeanette TelusmaJeanette Telusma (7/15/2017 11:42:00 AM)

    A wonderful write, dear poetess. The picture here depicts peace in abundance. Thank you! ! (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/21/2017 8:39:00 PM)

    I think Peace is true nature Jeanette

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  • Simone Inez Harriman (7/7/2017 2:42:00 AM)

    Another lovely poem with a beautiful picture. I love the word 'silent' as it contains the letters 'listen'. When we are truly silent we can truly listen. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/21/2017 5:02:00 PM)

    How beautiful that you saw that Simone. We have to listen before we can hear the silence.

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  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (7/6/2017 4:37:00 AM)

    Calming write. Quietly descending on the reader's mind as a gentle morning after a wakeful night. A10 (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/21/2017 6:14:00 PM)

    Like a loitering breeze. I just that Nosheen.

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  • Daniel BrickDaniel Brick (7/5/2017 1:51:00 AM)

    That is a beautiful and pure painting that accompanies this poem. That solitary tree seems to be in deep rapport with cloud overhead. // This poem conveys an ultimate kind of advice because if it is ignored, what is left? So many good things that can rescue us would be squandered, especially the association of God and silence, an opening to the healing forces that shy away from a mind filled with material things. Wallace Stevens wrote in one of his last poems, GOD AND THE IMAGINATION ARE ONE, just as in your poem GOD AND SILENCE ARE ONE. We need a meeting place where our human and divine energies can mesh, as in the painting you chose. That could be sacred ground if we made it so.
    We need that kind of uncompromising faith

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/6/2017 11:18:00 AM)

    My brother James painting Daniel he is a wonderful artist. Yes I agree Daniel. I love silence for silence sake but I also feel most poets need silence and space for the creative juices to flow. Maybe some don't? I'm curious about that.
    When the mind is full it seems like there is no space for anything new to move through.

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  • Edmund StrolisEdmund Strolis (7/3/2017 5:15:00 PM)

    I am so glad that Kumarmai read this poem. Referring to it as a gem. Funny how most people run toward the noise of distraction to avoid themselves and to be lost in anything that makes them forget. We can't hide from ourselves. No matter how fast we run. I was speaking to someone recently and she was saying how wonderful it was when one weekend her husband and the kids were gone and she had the time to herself. She had this glow remembering how delicious that rare solitude was. She did not want the escape of a bar or casino. She wanted the weight of life to just be lifted. That sack she carried dumped in the corner at last. Freeing herself from herself and just being................a gem indeed. (Report)Reply

    Edmund StrolisEdmund Strolis(7/3/2017 10:20:00 PM)

    Why should it be anything other than perfect that you should be so blessed to be who you are. Anything less would be too depressing to contemplate.The world around you is inhabited by people with their version of reality molding their actions. The culture is a thing to treat with humor and an easy skepticism. You had copious amounts out of choice. Some would find that the worst kind of punishment. To be with oneself? God forbid! I don't need to tell you to count your blessing. They are all well accounted for and the stars have felt your wish upon them my old friend. Solitude is an easy hammock. Tethered to the past and future.

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/3/2017 10:03:00 PM)

    Yes Edmund I wonder if it's a form of conditioning in modern society for people to run towards noise maybe they never gave silence and solitude a chance. I loved how this woman came to enjoy that sense of BEING that weekend she spent on her own. I guess most of my adult life was spent hermited away. I had copious amounts of solitude and silence and I loved it. Being a bit introverted I get drained with too much interaction so for me it's life giving. I come home to myself and take great pleasure in the sheer simple wonder of being alive. Yes silence is the nearest thing to God. Though I love people to just need more space than others I guess. I think if people really tasted the quiet joy of time alone they would make time- maybe? Love your comments Edmund so thoughtful and enriching. It's like hearing from an old friend.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/3/2017 1:39:00 AM)

    I is a marvellous spiritual poem with high imagination. Yes dear Norah, when a horse runs around the track, the body and mind of the rider too run with it. It brings anxiety but when we keep silence we get peace and become nearer to God. Thank u for posting such a gem. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/3/2017 9:45:00 PM)

    I agree Kumarmani and love how you describe this it's so true. When my mind gets overactive I find my body gets wore out and tired also, but when my mind is still even the body feels more alive. I love Silence but one can have exterior silence and be totally lost in the chattering mind. As you well know It's inner silence that brings peace then we can find God everywhere. Thank you Kumarmani

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  • Tom Billsborough (7/3/2017 1:16:00 AM)

    We need the racehorse to initiate the idea but it is the deep reflection which allows the poem to take shape. My method is to scribble down the odd phrase or image and then allow it to ferment, sometimes for days. Your poem captures this process for me perfectly. Looks like another Norah poem in my favourites' list. (Report)Reply

    Norah TunneyNorah Tunney(7/3/2017 9:27:00 PM)

    Yes Tom I hear you. I thought the ending to the poem was weak and did not flow so well but because I wanted to put the line Silence the nearest thing to God in the poem I left it in. Yes the racehorse mind was just to initiate the idea, the poem was more about resting in the deep stillness our true nature. Thanks Tom always a delight to hear from you.

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  • Sandra Feldman (7/2/2017 8:03:00 PM)

    Good advice
    Well written, simple but with enough spice for silent thought
    Poetry is so far reaching it never stops amazing me, calming me, pleasing me.
    Good job, Norah

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  • Jefferson CarterJefferson Carter (7/2/2017 7:20:00 PM)

    Norah, for a life lesson poem this isn't bad. I like that armchair inside the mind.

    If you have time, check out my new website:

    Tell me how you like it, and, if you do, perhaps share it with interested friends. Thanks! Yrs, JC

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 2, 2017

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