Keep Your Silence

Keep Your Silence

A Poem by R.J Calzonetti (SinisterPotatoe)

A poem. Inspired by Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda. Watch it preformed at this link.


Keep your steady silence

And I will listen

To the echo of nothingness

Carrying the tallest mountains on my back

Crowned alone

Unnoticed by the crowd

The static of their televisions

The static of their lives

The static in their hearts

I have no music to give you

Keep your steady silence

I will stumble over the gravestones of song

And listen




Unspoken to by the rafters of the waves of the stage

Playing my part

In the static of my words

In the static of my steps

In the fragments of my heart

And you can mark my words

And listen

To the sound of a victory no one will celebrate

To the fanfare of my silence

I have no music to give you

Just my words

My touch

My unspoken breath upon your back

Keep your steady silence

I have my own




Sit still with me among the stillness

People are digging for gems to fit their hearts with

In the ground

I do not need the glow of life

I have the shadows to hold me

The shadows of what was once mine

Those people of the dusk, smiling upon me

I keep their steady silence

I will listen

I hear their beating hearts

Their steady breath

Faces unkept

And the memory of faded polaroid pictures

It is all I need



Empty doesn’t always feel cold

The sun flows through my veins

The memories are rays of light in the darkness

I am not alone

I have no crown

There was no king

But just the sound

Of the world passing by at a speed that leaves me

Weightless, and gone

Outdated trash that couldn’t be a gear in the future

But I will have no part in what has left them behind

I tell them, with sweet maple sap dry on my lips

Keep your steady silence

I’m still listening

You who heard me once

As we used to be

I will find my way home someday


In a dream, maybe



And my silence

It is my gift to you

What once was

Is sleeping now

Try not to wake it

I'm sorry

I will not hang my head in shame, alone

I still keep

Your steady silence

Somewhere in the bombshell of my heart


© 2020 R.J Calzonetti (SinisterPotatoe)

Author's Note

R.J Calzonetti (SinisterPotatoe)
I promise I read every single review, and I generally will reply to them. I look forward to my next review, because it helps me learn. Even if it's just one word, I promise, I will be happy to hear anything you feel needs sharing. Whenever you write on my shortcomings or breakthroughs, or the themes of my poems, or share ideas and friendly criticism, it decides my next poem to an extent. I will listen, learn and be thankful. And 99% of the time, you'll get a reply unless you're trolling me.

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Woah is it OK that I'm confused?... It's unique!

Posted 1 Day Ago

Is it a coincidence that both of us wrote a poetry inspired by the same poem? Actually I wrote "Just Quietness" on 8th of May inspired by the same poem. Just was curious. :) This was a nice poem I read a few lines from the beginning.

Posted 5 Days Ago

R.J Calzonetti (SinisterPotatoe)

4 Days Ago

Interesting that we both loved that poem. I'm glad you enjoyed this one too. :)

4 Days Ago

I hope you'll like "Just quietness" as well. :) I'd like a review!
I loved the imagery you drew out here
Silence at times its wise
At other times
Its a crime

Lovely - bravo!!

Posted 1 Week Ago

R.J Calzonetti (SinisterPotatoe)

1 Week Ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed the poem!

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Added on May 23, 2020
Last Updated on May 27, 2020


R.J Calzonetti (SinisterPotatoe)
R.J Calzonetti (SinisterPotatoe)

Burlington, Halton, Canada

For those who wonder why I have a silly username, I've been using this name because I find it funny. Potatoes are never really that sinister. The e on the end of potato is because I'm a potato with to.. more..