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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

  • Gold Star - 4,980 Points Paresh Chakra (12/1/2018 10:53:00 AM)

    This poem is very thoughtful poem (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,587 Points Damian Cranney (6/19/2017 1:14:00 AM)

    What a great poem, about life, a true understanding of the human condition and the events of time, I think this poem has made me understand and about writing free verse no rhyme just wisdom. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Silence

  1. 1. Sonnet- Silence , Edgar Allan Poe
  2. 2. After Long Silence , William Butler Yeats
  3. 3. Silence , Edgar Lee Masters
  4. 4. Aprons Of Silence , Carl Sandburg
  5. 5. Silence , Marianne Moore
  6. 6. Silence Is... , Kyle.J Carruthers
  7. 7. As I Ponder'D In Silence , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. Ode To Silence , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  9. 9. Silence , Sara Teasdale
  10. 10. Silence , Thomas Hood
  11. 11. The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Sile.. , Delmore Schwartz
  12. 12. To A Poet Breaking Silence , Francis Thompson
  13. 13. Your Silence , Aparna Chatterjee
  14. 14. Silence , Rage'n Curtis
  15. 15. Silence And Stealth Of Days , Henry Vaughan
  16. 16. Silence , Venkata Majeti
  17. 17. House Of Silence , Philip Levine
  18. 18. Silence , David Herbert Lawrence
  19. 19. Breaking The Silence , Lovina Sylvia Chidi
  20. 20. Silence Is Broken , Sandra Fowler
  21. 21. A Silence , Amy Clampitt
  22. 22. ! Rumi's Silence , Michael Shepherd
  23. 23. Silence Is In Our Festal Halls , Thomas Moore
  24. 24. Silence , Robert William Service
  25. 25. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  26. 26. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  27. 27. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  28. 28. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  29. 29. ! The Sound Of Silence , Michael Shepherd
  30. 30. - The Long Silence... - , Kay Barcelon
  31. 31. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  32. 32. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  33. 33. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  34. 34. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  35. 35. Moments Of Silence , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  36. 36. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  37. 37. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  38. 38. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  39. 39. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  40. 40. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  41. 41. (.9) Learning To Treat Silence As Less.. , Amanda Lukas
  42. 42. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  43. 43. A Wind Of Silence Is A Wind Of Violence , Elisabeth Karlberg
  44. 44. Pythagorean Silence (An Excerpt) , Susan Howe
  45. 45. (o) Your Silence! , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  46. 46. Child Of Silence & Slow Time , Dónall Dempsey
  47. 47. Stirring The Silence , Ernestine Northover
  48. 48. Screaming Silence , Ananda Alves
  49. 49. My Search For Silence , Mary Nagy
  50. 50. Silence Of Silence , Fasika Ayalew
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