Barbara Chase

Silence

Silence is being a listener,
otherwise how will I know?
How will I hear your unsayable thoughts,
finding the spaces below?

Silence is being a listener,
Otherwise how will I see
what lurks behind in the rain and the mist?
Where are the views
that are hidden from me?

Silence will search out the wisdom
of joy in the troubles ahead.

Then I will sound with
the voice of a leader,
the sight of an eagle,
the breath of the wind,
as an elephant hears.

And as I listen in silence
I watch how you’ve aged through the years.
I don’t need to listen to hear what you say.
I don’t need to speak when I hear what you say.
The silence between us is all that we need.
The feel of your hand will be all I can have,
When the sound of your voices has faded away.

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