Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In the Monastery of the Heart



These days,
when the news
everywhere
is bad,
when the endless
wrangling
of the Talking Heads
makes me shake
my own
befuddled head
at the
utter futility
of all those Words -
the completely unproductive
histrionics
that change nothing -
I turn the tv off.
I do not turn on
the radio.

I live in
the sweet silence
of No Words
and No Sound,
save those of the breeze
blowing through
the wall of green cedar
outside my window.

I draw the sweet twitter
of junco,
the shrill cry of stellar jay,
into my being
like balm, 
tranquil counterpoint
to the silence
living in my soul.

Routinely,
I turn the noise
completely off,
(or never
turn it on),
and retreat
to the
sweet peace
of the monastery
of my heart.


for Sumana's prompt at Midweek Motif: Silence


25 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I wish, indeed, that none of the talk had power.

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  2. Nice. I will take the music of nature any day.

    The TV can stay off as far as I am concerned. And most of the radio. I cant stand hand talk radio or the morning radio shows.

    but silence, and retreating to that place inside me. I def know the power of and necessity of that.

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  4. The twitter of juncos is ever so much better than the tweets that come from the one who shall not be named!

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  5. I too keep off the radio and the tv. Noise is so hateful nowadays, both sides yammering at each other. I much prefer the silence of the breezes. Lovely poem Sherry.

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  6. Sherry,
    I can immediately connect to your poem. I rarely watch television these days..to escape the never ending repetition of stories..endless sad stories and news we cannot change.
    I absolutely love the silence in my home to write, read or talk..Silence is to be preserved:) Eileen

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  7. Silence is a good thing, but we can not afford to turn off completely,

    Elizabeth

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  8. I like the monastery of your heart.

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  9. Beautiful no place better than sweet peace of the monastery of your heart.
    I stopped watching the news as well. Nothing to learn from that

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  10. Yes the silence without TV news creates a sense of peace and discovery...agree.

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  11. Those of us that live alone do cherish the quiet of our lives (for the most part) happy that nature fulfils our need then we can sometimes to mingle with others of our choosing.

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  12. I don't watch tv at all. This poem truly shows how Silence also speaks in honeyed words to the soul.

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  13. Oh yes, we owe to ourselves to turn off the constant and meaningless noise. And what joy to be able retreat to the monastery of your heart!

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  14. Oh that place of solace. Happy you have it Sherry

    Muchđź’–love

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  15. Silence to me brings wonderful solitude and yes, solace, where my thoughts are free and at peace with this scary world of ours.
    I love your monastery of your heart - what a beautiful description.
    Anna :o]

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  16. Beautiful. I would love to join you in

    sweet peace
    of the monastery
    of my heart.

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  17. The biggest secret in the world is silence.

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  18. Yes, the heart is a wondrous retreat to nurture the spirit.

    retreat
    to the
    sweet peace
    of the monastery
    of my heart.

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  19. Really like the image of a monastery of the heart. A peace-filled place awaiting my presence,

    Elizabeth

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  20. What a gorgeous poem, with a spectacular ending!

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  21. Such a wonderful idea beautifully formed

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  22. I love this!!! Today it is my fav!!!

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  23. Routinely,I turn the noise
    completely off,and retreat
    to the sweet peace of the
    monastery of my heart.

    A clever strategy so as not to be unduly troubled by some minor irritations, Sherry!

    Hank

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  24. I like the monastery as your heart and the birds as the town criers.

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