Saturday, March 28

he is the corporate silence: dread him not

studying lately has given me a bit to think about silence. i'm normally the kid that can study with music on, the tv in the background, talking online to a few friends, texting back someone and someone talking to me in person. well, let's just say it takes a bit more than the usual person sometimes. so i've been trying this revolutionary idea lately, studying in silence. well at least attempting. i still leave my aim and skype open and i have no control over my cell, but at least i turn the music off. this crazy idea has led me to write the following. enjoy...


but beautiful
all the same.
i fear to
be with you.
i ignore
the possibility
to be left
with just you.
your best friend
is solitude,
your cousin
is loneliness,
but your estranged lover
is peace.
i wonder
if we could
get along.
if i could
let you
back into my life.
has been good
to me,
but you
were first.

and then i had this weird feeling that i had read a silence poem before, so i googled it and found it. one of the greatest poets and short story writers of all time: Edgar Allan Poe. 


There are some qualities–some incorporate things,
That have a double life, which thus is made
A type of that twin entity which springs
From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.
There is a two-fold Silence–sea and shore-
Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,
Newly with grass o'ergrown; some solemn graces,
Some human memories and tearful lore,
Render him terrorless: his name's "No More."
He is the corporate Silence: dread him not!
No power hath he of evil in himself;
But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)
Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,
That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod
No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!

Edgar Allan Poe (1840)

hope you liked them, and i suggest trying silence for a bit, some really cool ideas come out of it sometimes.



  1. oh my goodness. words cannot describe how much i adore the poem you wrote. but perhaps silence instead of words would be more fitting anyway :)

  2. your poem is excellent! personifying "loneliness" and "peace" as silence's cousin and estranged lover is quite a stroke of creativity, and the metaphor works I think. also, poe is excellent isn't he? great post.