Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Quiet

I watched and read different things all weekend and yesterday about 9/11/11, and each time, I was lead to a quiet place. I remembered the quiet skies that day with no air travel after the devastation, and as members of my family watched the same things as I did on TV, they were quiet, also. Nothing needed to be said out loud.
Yesterday being the first day people could actually visit the Ground Zero memorial pools, I heard on the news that the sound of the water itself drowned out any noise around you creating its own silence.
Being outdoors in the beautiful warm weather of yesterday and today, I started to notice the quiet things that surrounded me, each having its own definition of silence and peacefulness.
Quiet is:
rippling water.
a light breeze.
an American flag's wave.
a sunset's color.
a sun's beam.
a blue sky's cloudlessness.
a butterfly's flutter.
a petal's fall.
a moon's glow.
a swan's swim.
a tied boat's dance.
a fish's jump.
a turtle's walk.
a bird's flight.
a fish bite.
a willow's weep.
a cricket's song.
a pier's creak.
a fishing pole's whip.
a dragonfly's hover.
a bee's buzz.
a worm's wiggle.
a mouse's nibble.
a dove's coo.
a bare foot's sound.
a child's breath.
a cat's purr.
a dog's whimper.
a humming bird's hum.
a loved one's sigh.
a tear drop.
I love the quiet and all it brings.


  1. Thanks for this thoughtful look at what it means to be quiet amidst chaos. Your reflection and list are so meaningful.

    I heard about the waterfalls drowning out the city noise at the Memorial. How brilliant!


  2. What a wonderful list of quiet! I could feel the peace settling around me as I read it.

  3. Your observations are so thoughtful. Even as I wrote about this anniversary I ended saying that I just wanted to be home, still & quiet. Perhaps that means to us that we have some peace in the midst of chaos. Your list is beautiful, and even in the presentation, it is quiet.

  4. What a gorgeous list of quiet to ruminate over...thank you.

  5. What a lovely rhythmic poem. I liked hearing about how your experiences and thoughts during the weekend lead you to think about all the quiet things in your poem.

  6. a tied boats dance, a willow's weep - you have some lovely quiet going on in this poem.

  7. You have written a lovely list poem. It seems appropriate just to quietly read it. Thank you.

  8. In the quiet we begin to heal. Your words and list poem helped me focus and remember that from the chaos we need to rebuild. But first, we just need to know to be centered in the quietness that is. Thank you.

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