Surrounded by Silence

Surrounded by Silence

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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consider ..............
a life without sound
where you become locked
inside your own thoughts
caught in a world of silence

unable to hear the bark
of branches of a silver birch
as they creak under the weight
of a heavy green canopy

or the drone of honey bees 
as they hover over honeysuckle
tumbling from fretwork trellis
like a fountain in spring

nor would you hear the high
pitch whistle of a red kite as it
soars in flight in a bright blue
sky ready to swoop for a kill 

the thrum of an old engine
polished till gleaming as it
kick starts its way into a brand
new day would be unheard

as would the mellow voice
of a lover whispering sweet words
that you are loved beyond all
measure

hearing is a gift, a good friend
a treasure trove since there
are no guarantees that it will
remain unimpaired

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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I set off thinking this a metaphor and indeed it is and takes us through some of the sounds that we often take for granted. To be unable to hear them and to simply live inside one's own thoughts is indeed not a nice contemplation. Nicely penned in colourful detail and crisp verse.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Many thanks John for reviewing and sharing your thoughts. Appreciated.

Chris



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How would I know if a pending storm was in the heavens if I did not hear the thunder under cover... or hear the knock at my door where a neighbor needed a cup of kindness. The buzzing of Bees 🐝 and the chirping of birds when skies are blue and and clouds burst forth with raindrops that go pity Pat on window panes.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Such a poetic response dear Pat. Yes all those beautiful sounds of nature that many take for granted.. read more
To see, to hear, to speak, all such a vital part of being alive and experiencing to the full the world around us, though I confess I am with jacob here, when of all the senses, I would fear the loss of sight the most.

It is a humbling thought that there are those among us who will never hear the drone of honey bees, or the mellow voice of a lover; and we should be ever thankful for the gifts we have been granted.

Beccy.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thank you Beccy for your thoughtful review. I think we all need to appreciate our senses more. The l.. read more
I do agree dear Chris.
"hearing is a gift, a good friend
a treasure trove since there
are no guarantees that it will
remain unimpaired"
Hearing and eyes. We need and if lost. We would have to learn to live differently. Thank you for sharing your amazing words and thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thank you Coyote. At times we need to take stock and understand that we take some things for granted.. read more
Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

You are welcome dear Chris and I do agree.
Of late, silence has been my companion in sorts of ways so this resonated, to be locked in a world of such can work for the good and the bad...to hear is often taken for granted. I have noticed small things with my hearing that are not as good as they used to be, this poem really brings home the silence of not hearing fully, nicely done Chris...

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Many thanks Ruth for your review. Good to see you. Take care.

Chris
Ruth

7 Months Ago

Most welcome Chris, always my pleasure. Takecare too :)
This really took me by surprise! I've been savoring how utterly quiet the wilderness is, now that everyone is evacuated becuz of nearby fire (I'm not going yet). So I was thinking, how awesome is stillness! But immediately your poem thrust me into a different reality, that of growing up with a mom who wore a hearing aide in both ears & her lack of hearing sometimes defined our family interactions with a noisy 9-kid brood -- she was very sensitive about not being included & being afraid to ask people to repeat themselves, etc. You have chosen the utmost in examples to show the sounds we all take for granted. I was thinking, I appreciate the stillness here right now, but it's only becuz I can HEAR how quiet it is! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Hello Margie, a different kind of silence. Yes, your poor mum, I can understand her frustration. Sil.. read more
Hello Christine, the first stanza rocked me. The idea that I could hear nothing but my own thoughts. And then you moved to peace with vivid descriptions, hearing, seeing, breathing, appreciating. I'm not sure you need the last stanza, feels a bit preachy, and you've shown just that with your previous ones. Beautifully done.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Many thank yous for your review and your suggestions for improvement of my poem PamiAnde. Much appre.. read more
Sound carries a lot of joys in life, but they can be taken for granted so often. It's nice to read a poem like yours to help enjoy such things daily. tyfs

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thank you Cyprian for your visit. Much appreciated.

Chris
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Gee
As with most men my hearing is tuned to be very, very selective, and my long suffering, good lady wife would gladly bear witness to this :))
Makes me wonder if you would still be able to recall sounds if struck down deaf or if these memories would fade until gone.
Good morning Christine, obviously enjoyed the read :)
Hope you are all well


Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Ah so you do admit men have selective hearing :)) All OK here Gee. I trust same with you and your lo.. read more
Gee

8 Months Ago

We have folk round, the grub prepared and the fire pit ready to light.
Enjoy the rest of Sund.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

You too :)
The idea of a life without sound is quite frightening. It's almost an invisible sense that we pay no real attention to and take its purpose for granted. To suddenly lose it would be a huge shock and adjustment to make. Such people suffer in this silence yet very rarely complain from my experience. It is very isolating but I guess it just toughens the resolve to keep on getting by as best one can. I admire those who lose a sense and yet are never bitter for it. It's real courage to me. It's nice to read an originally themed write, Christine. Very different from what we usually read here, so very well imagined and expressed.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

Such a thoughtful review Inessa and I thank you for it. Have yourself a good Sunday. All the best.read more
Nice write Chris, a world of one's own silence like living in a bubble and yet a mole is blind and is happy digging tunnels. Hearing is important as is all the senses.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

How true Andrew, all our senses are so important and yet not really appreciated. We take them for gr.. read more
andrew mitchell

8 Months Ago

I agree............:)

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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