Thursday, 22 October 2009


If a word were to be described by stating the negative of its opposite, then silence would be known as absence of speech.

All those blessed with this virtue, know that the absence of speech is often more expressive than words could be. They are moreover, content, not handicapped by the compulsive desire to speak requiring the crutch of ever-available speech. They are the calmest people I have ever known.

Perhaps, like some ancient form learnt only through a long arduous discipline, speech and silence maybe practiced too. But paradoxically, words are required to tell of silence.

An Ode to Silence

Bereft of calm

On torrid eves

We seek solace in words,

Writing a mask

For a silence

Which tells of our hollow faces.

But true silence,

Is a word

Which speaks itself

By saying

Nothing at all.

Not a riddle to

Puzzle the hours away,

But a teller of a calm ecstasy,

Not in need

Of an orgasm of words.


She talks

To hide,

To shatter

The silence

Too cold

Too cutting.

Words are the masks

She writes.

But a wise one counsels,

Silence is a call

To speak

Without words

Overheard by no


Snake in Eden.

A beauty


In cloister.


karuna said...

Oh! I wanted to add.. silence has to be more than just the absence of speech or sound.To look at it as merely the opposite.. seems a bit reductive doesn't it? Just a thought!

Wanderer said...

yes, silence is much more. just that in literature, there is a particular literary device, whose name i cannot recall, through which something might be described by stating the negative of its opposite. That is why I started off with this idea on silence, since the device opened up several pathways of thought, even for other concepts. Thanks for the comment

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