The Silence and the Stillness

In the stillness, my thoughts search desperately for escape.
They long for noise.
They fear exposure.
In the silence they run, terrified.

My mind clings
to the whisper of a car in the distance
to the throbbing of a watch
to the aching creak of an old roof.

An idea shines through chink of quiet in the solid rock of Sound
and quickly dives back into darkness.

Like a trusting child believes that in the stillness
the butterfly will alight upon her hand,
so I wait for my thoughts to settle.
Gradually the wings still
and unfold.

My mind abandons the echoes for stillness;
the rock dissolves into silence.
Ideas flow gently like water through my fingers;
clear, pure and free.

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  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiover 3 years ago

    I can relate to this poem Mieke, very well and beautifully written!!

  • Thanks, John! I wrote it when I was in high school… but it’s still as relevant to me now as it was then! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

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