Thursday, September 10, 2009

Silence

Silence.

Silence sits between us on the grey bench seat of granddaddy's pick up truck, staring at the stream of miles flowing around us. Mmmmmm...the low level hum from the kiss of tires on the asphalt, fills the dead air taunting the...

Silence can be deafening.

Deafening, the words communicated as you softly trace lines across the back of my hands with your fingers, teasing playfully at the curling hairs on my knuckles, measuring his hand on mine. Eyes squinting toward the road ahead, an impish smile dances across your face in contentment in the...

Silence can be peaceful.

Peaceful, your hand under mine, like a blanket sharing warmth, until you decide to see who can keep their hand on top. Slap. Slap. Slap. We battle back and forth, vying for position, then find my hand pinned with all ten fingers, as we travel on in...

Silence can be so hard to find these days.

Days fill with filling the silence. Days fill with seeking the silence. Days to be silent.

9.11.01

Why does it take a tragedy or death for us to take a moment of silence?

Take a moment to be silent today.

Its the only way you will ever really hear...

Silence.

32 comments:

darsden said...

Beautiful and now I have dirt in my eyes.. there will be a lot of silence for tomorrow. Never Forget! All the heroes that ran towards and not away I will never forget that day!

Leah said...

I will.

TechnoBabe said...

Remembering 9.11 in silence that happens within me often still.

An Open Heart said...

Beautiful...and I agree, we spend so much time trying to fill the silence that we miss just one silent moment in reverie....it's the least we could do.....

Peace,
S

books,coffee,etc.... said...

Hi! Brian,
9.11.01
Brian said,"Why does it take a tragedy or death for us to take a moment of silence?..."

I think no truer word were ever spoken or written by you...

"...Take a moment to be silent today."
...Most definitely.

"...Its the only way you will ever really hear...
...Silence."


Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee

Kathleen said...

Lovely, Brian. Such evocative images, full of rhythm and a searching spirit . . . always a treat to visit your words.

Maggie May said...

Beautiful!
I can remember the exact place I was when I heard the terrible news. No one will ever forget.

Honeymoon bed breakfast said...

Brilliant post, I remember that "Silence can be so hard to find these days."

Goofball said...

yes

Valerie said...

I agree with DeeDee, this is the best ever post. Well said, Brian.
My son's birthday can never be forgotten. Neither will those who lost their lives on that awful day.

Lorraine said...

Lovely silent prayer Brian, I will also pray

Candie Bracci said...

This is beautiful Brian!I just did!

otin said...

Simon and Garfunkle are playing in my head! I do love the silence at times!

only a movie said...

Nobody's story is trite.
Sacred sort of day.
xxoo

Alan Burnett said...

Personally I find silence a little over-rated. Perhaps today I will find a few moments to cry out loud against senseless murder in the name of a political creed.

Beth said...

At school, we have a moment of silence every day. It is the answer to kind of sort of taking prayer out of school. I find that moment is crucial to remind me to reprioritize, take deep breathes, and hold my tongue.

As always, well written post.

Wings said...

Too often we have something - anything - going to keep the silence at bay.

Sometimes - often - I keep the tv off, and just listen to the quiet. It can be rejuvenating.

:)

Kay said...

I love silence, even the deafening kind....lovely post, as always, I feel each line.

subtorp77 said...

Amen.

Betsy said...

I crave silence...need it, love it, relish in it. Shhhh....

Daniel said...

Love the segue and the message. I decided with all of the "heavy" stuff going to be said today, I would go with irrelevant humor on my posting for the day. Maybe a smile will help.

willow said...

Beautiful post, Brian. I'll take a moment of silence today. Lest we forget.

Baino said...

You have curly hair on your knuckles? True though silence and reflection should be a regular thing and not relegated to particular events, although this one, deserves the reverence of at least a minute's silence. And silence to for those who have suffered overseas in greater numbers and due to equally barbaric circumstances.

Alix said...

Thank you for this gorgeous tribute. A solemn day, a heart-wrenching anniversary, and a stunning poem.

Meeko Fabulous said...

A quiet observance in my corner of the world. I thought of all of those people first thing this morning when I got up.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Beautiful poem and lovely tribute.

Ashley Kay said...

Will do.

Ashley Kay
lillawyer.blogspot.com

blueviolet said...

I most definitely will.

Eternally Distracted said...

I love coming by your blog - Your words are inspiring. Thank you

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Beautiful.

The Retired One said...

The horror of that day forces me into silence whenever I think of it.

A nice tribute, Brian.
Thanks.

Hit 40 said...

We took a moment of silence at my high school. The kids thought it was a little silly which disappointed me. I was too sad from reflecting on 9/11 during the moment of silence to compose a poignant thought. They are too young to have known 9/11. The kids were only about 5 years old when it happened. We need to play them some news footage from the day for them to understand.