The Roar of Silence


The Roar of Silence

The long days would be peaceful were they not filed with what seems sometimes to be the never ending noise that seems to invade my solitude.


I sometimes feel overwhelmed by discussions about this and about that that seem at times to be endless without restful interlude.     


Ah, for some quiet time to myself. To think. To reflect. To seek the solace of my own thoughts and inner voice


What price I would pay were I able to find refuge from the noise.


It builds daily as time goes by and my ears tremble in an attempt to escape while at the same time my mind tells me to accept and rejoice.


Were I only able to do so. Were I only able to block out those things that seem to not be of my choice.    


The years come and go and then one day my spouse grows silent and is buried in a beautiful and quiet ceremony.


Peaceful, serene, even in my sorrow my existence for the next few months is filled with what seems like endless harmony.


But slowly it begins to build as from nowhere increasing daily by small increments and pulling at my inner being.


What is it? What now plagues me as before? The noise is back.  Only this time in the form of a roar that is deafening.
It is the roar of silence.  



©Copyright 2007 Charlie Gragg


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SavVySam commented on The Roar of Silence


I too seek the quiet places, though they are few and far between. Others do not always understand this need... but I really believe that this is essential to poets.



The mind requires a place where it can reduce input to a minimum and rejuvenate...else the clutter becomes unbearable. Thanks for reading.

mamasan commented on The Roar of Silence


I don't want to add to the noise in deference to the way it plagues you. But, I have to get a word in edgewise, and may I whisper to you Mr. Graff, that the deliberate slow moving words you choose may just be causing the roar. wow this sure is a hell of a beautiful sharing piece you write.



Your comments are appreciated.

brokenwings25 commented on The Roar of Silence


I understand this poem all too well. Even if I didn't it is so well written you can hear the deafening silence. Or maby that is just me.



I hope it is not just you. Thanks for dropping by and reading my poem.

AbysmalGoddess commented on The Roar of Silence


Silence is so hard to come by these days, and ironically it's the sweet sound that we long for. I think it would do people good if they would just shut their mouths, and partake in some good old fashioned thought. Very well done!



Thank you very much.

HCHolbert commented on The Roar of Silence


You reached deep within yourself and pulled out precious refined gold. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. Great write. Peace,HC



My thanks to you for reading and commenting

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30