Friday, January 4, 2019

silence II

Silence is not a lack of words. 
Silence is not a lack of music. 
Silence is not a lack of curses. 
Silence is not a lack of screams. 
Silence is not a lack of colors 
or voices or bodies or whistling wind. 
Silence is not a lack of anything. 

Silence is resting, nestling 
in every leaf of every tree, 
in every root and branch. 
Silence is the flower sprouting 
upon the branch. 

Silence is the mother singing 
to her newborn babe. 
Silence is the mother crying 
for her stillborn babe. 
Silence is the life of all 
these babes, whose breath 
is a breath of God. 

Silence is seeing and singing praises. 
Silence is the roar of ocean waves. 
Silence is the sandpiper dancing 
on the shore. 
Silence is the vastness of a whale. 
Silence is a blade of grass. 

Silence is sound 
And silence is silence. 
Silence is love, even 
the love that hides in hate. 

Silence is the pompous queen 
and the harlot and the pimp 
hugging his purse on a crowded street. 

Silence is the healer dreaming 
the plant, the drummer drumming 
the dream. It is the lover's 
exhausted fall into sleep. 
It is the call of morning birds. 

Silence is God's beat tapping all hearts. 

Silence is the star kissing a flower. 

Silence is a word, a hope, a candle 
lighting the window of home. 

Silence is everything --the renewing sleep 
of Earth, the purifying dream of Water, 
the purifying rage of Fire, the soaring 
and spiraling flight of Air. It is all 
things dissolved into no-thing--Silence 
is with you always.....the Presence 
of I AM 

~ Elaine Maria Upton


Anonymous said...

so perfect.

thank you so much for all your poems and other beauty-we-love things.