Listen

I’m not sure about this dverse prompt—punctuating silence in poetry. To me, words are indissociable from the silences between them. I have used this as an excercise in emphasising silences rather than marking them. I hope I’ve got the right end of the stick…

 

Listen—

 

the wind speaks,

and in its voice raindrops drum on fallen leaves.

 

Listen—

 

earth hums to the beat of rain and wind,

leaves fall and cup the falling drops.

 

Silent drift—

 

birds, buffeted and bent-winged, blow

across the field of vision, criss-crossed by the rain.

 

Listen—

 

storm air sings, plucks the strings

that hold the bent-winged birds

in balance with this blast

 

of silence.

 

Listen.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

25 thoughts on “Listen”

    1. Thanks Merril. It was the only theme that sprang to mind. Pausing between words is part of language anyway. If you emphasise the pause it has to be for a reason—to listen was the only one I could think of!

  1. I’ve been thinking on this: I wonder if it would have worked without the line – Listen – instead an extra space or other indication of calling attention to what is to be listened to?

    1. You might be right. In fact you probably are, but I like words and I’m not overly keen on this use of punctuation and artifices to convey meaning. It’s a bit ‘modern’ for my liking 🙂

  2. Very beautiful and my favourite bit is- storm air sings, plucks the strings

    that hold the bent-winged birds

    in balance with this blast
    I love the lyrical sounds as well as their meanings. XXXX

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