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Silence - Poem by Edgar Lee Masters

I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea,
And the silence of the city when it pauses,
And the silence of a man and a maid,
And the silence of the sick
When their eyes roam about the room.
And I ask: For the depths,
Of what use is language?
A beast of the field moans a few times
When death takes its young.
And we are voiceless in the presence of realities --
We cannot speak.

A curious boy asks an old soldier
Sitting in front of the grocery store,
"How did you lose your leg?"
And the old soldier is struck with silence,
Or his mind flies away
Because he cannot concentrate it on Gettysburg.
It comes back jocosely
And he says, "A bear bit it off."
And the boy wonders, while the old soldier
Dumbly, feebly lives over
The flashes of guns, the thunder of cannon,
The shrieks of the slain,
And himself lying on the ground,
And the hospital surgeons, the knives,
And the long days in bed.
But if he could describe it all
He would be an artist.
But if he were an artist there would be deeper wounds
Which he could not describe.

There is the silence of a great hatred,
And the silence of a great love,
And the silence of an embittered friendship.
There is the silence of a spiritual crisis,
Through which your soul, exquisitely tortured,
Comes with visions not to be uttered
Into a realm of higher life.
There is the silence of defeat.
There is the silence of those unjustly punished;
And the silence of the dying whose hand
Suddenly grips yours.
There is the silence between father and son,
When the father cannot explain his life,
Even though he be misunderstood for it.

There is the silence that comes between husband and wife.
There is the silence of those who have failed;
And the vast silence that covers
Broken nations and vanquished leaders.
There is the silence of Lincoln,
Thinking of the poverty of his youth.
And the silence of Napoleon
After Waterloo.
And the silence of Jeanne d'Arc
Saying amid the flames, "Blessed Jesus" --
Revealing in two words all sorrows, all hope.
And there is the silence of age,
Too full of wisdom for the tongue to utter it
In words intelligible to those who have not lived
The great range of life.

And there is the silence of the dead.
If we who are in life cannot speak
Of profound experiences,
Why do you marvel that the dead
Do not tell you of death?
Their silence shall be interpreted
As we approach them.


Comments about Silence by Edgar Lee Masters

  • Silver Star - 3,294 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (4/4/2016 3:28:00 AM)

    Excellent. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 121 Points Christopher Correia (3/24/2016 12:50:00 AM)

    amen! is all that comes to mind after reading this profound thought....what a great observational thought stream captured by a very bright man, and excellent poet....a tribute to the limitless possibilities of words, searing silence....profound beyond description...joy to read (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,883 Points Kenneth Maswabi (3/2/2015 3:33:00 AM)

    Wow! i am touched by the silence.Thank you. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Silence

  1. 1. Silence , Edgar Lee Masters
  2. 2. Silence , Marianne Moore
  3. 3. Sonnet- Silence , Edgar Allan Poe
  4. 4. After Long Silence , William Butler Yeats
  5. 5. As I Ponder'D In Silence , Walt Whitman
  6. 6. Aprons Of Silence , Carl Sandburg
  7. 7. Silence , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. Ode To Silence , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  9. 9. Breaking The Silence , Sylvia Chidi
  10. 10. Silence , Thomas Hood
  11. 11. Silence And Stealth Of Days , Henry Vaughan
  12. 12. House Of Silence , Philip Levine
  13. 13. ! Rumi's Silence , Michael Shepherd
  14. 14. Silence , David Herbert Lawrence
  15. 15. To A Poet Breaking Silence , Francis Thompson
  16. 16. Silence, My Silence, Your Silence, The S.. , Bijay Kant Dubey
  17. 17. Your Silence , Aparna Chatterjee
  18. 18. Silence Is... , Kyle.J Carruthers
  19. 19. If Silence Breaks Its Silence , MELVIN BANGGOLLAY
  20. 20. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  21. 21. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  22. 22. Haiku - In Silence , john tiong chunghoo
  23. 23. Silence , Venkata Majeti
  24. 24. To Someone I Admire In Silence , Jona PoloRamirez
  25. 25. My Silence , Aldo Kraas
  26. 26. 'A Beautiful Night Of Christmas Silence' , Trade Martin
  27. 27. Silence , Mahfooz Ali
  28. 28. Silence Is In Our Festal Halls , Thomas Moore
  29. 29. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  30. 30. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  31. 31. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  32. 32. Silence , Robert William Service
  33. 33. Silence The Lie! , Sylvia Chidi
  34. 34. Power Of Silence , RAJ NANDY
  35. 35. The Silence , Philip Schultz
  36. 36. Pythagorean Silence (An Excerpt) , Susan Howe
  37. 37. The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Sile.. , Delmore Schwartz
  38. 38. Silence Silenced Sentensed....Man...Who .. , Atef Ayadi
  39. 39. Complete Silence For A Man...Who Wants C.. , Atef Ayadi
  40. 40. Haiku With French Translation Silence Is.. , Jonathan ROBIN
  41. 41. From Silence To Silence Flies , Emmanuel George Cefai
  42. 42. Stone To Stone. Silence To Silence. , RIC S. BASTASA
  43. 43. Silence Beacons Silence. , RIC S. BASTASA
  44. 44. Thoughts Of Silence , Peter S. Quinn
  45. 45. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  46. 46. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  47. 47. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  48. 48. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  49. 49. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  50. 50. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
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