In Silence

“Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing…
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882), U.S. poet


(Silence is when soundwaves oscillate no more, a flatline.)

[a ghazal*]

salt, in eternal bondage with sea water
the granules unseen, suffer in silence

the glittery pearl is born in the clamshell
by pain from sand grain, it grows in silence

earth catches shadows thrown by a clever moon
the shadows fall on ground, melt in silence

my eyes draw a line between sea and sky
on this horizon they kiss, in silence

between a sigh and a cry, I grope for words
my tongue finds none, I am dazed in silence

with vim and verve we journey from womb to tomb
to Death in the end, we yield in silence

lifeless we lie in the darkness of our graves
in eternal peace we rest, in silence.

– between
unspoken word and broken chord
is silent accord.

(c) 2005 Chito L. Aguilar
* A Persian verse form consisting of a series of  2-liners wherein
the last two words in the second lines are repeated.


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