Silence

There are some days when we just would love to sit in silence and enjoy some peace and quiet. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We don’t need to be always talking. And this is the same even if you are married or you are single. There are situations where we have no words and times when silence is the most appropriate thing to say.

Silence is as much a part of communication as rests are a part of music. Without the rests, without the silence, there is no pause, there is no reflection. Just noise.

There are times when word won’t say what you feel, and silence is the appropriate alternative. There are times when words are simply taking up space and not providing anything useful, and silence is simply the best possible alternative.

There are times when simply being is sufficient, and words would be inappropriate, and silence is appropriate. There are times when words would take away from the focus or effort at hand, and silence is the appropriate alternative. There are plenty of other times when silence is useful or appropriate.

Yet there are people who seem oblivious to the need or appropriateness of silence, and keep on talking. Some may not know any better, others may be in love with the sound of their own voice, and a few are actually afraid of the silence. Without the basic knowledge of silence, how can they truly understand what you say?

Words and silence go hand in hand. Thus we have such terms as ‘Dramatic Pause’ and a ‘Pregnant Silence’ and so many more. Timing in comedy is all about manipulating silence and integrating it into the routine. The space between paragraphs is another form of silence.

Silence is as much a part of life and conversation as are the words. Spend as much time contemplating the value of silence as you do contemplating the value of what is said. For sometimes what is not said is just as important.


I Speak Silence ~ Sarah Ismail

There is so much I want to say
But I can not, there is no way
I speak silence.

I want to tell him to take the bus
I want to tell her to spend more time with us
But I speak silence.

I want to tell her not to feel bad
I want to tell him he is the best dad
But I speak silence.

I want to ask him to play his drums
I want to tell him to do his sums
But I speak silence.

I want to ask her when it ends
I want to tell them they are my friends
But I speak silence.

I want to tell her to make it blue
I want to tell him I love him true
But I speak silence.

I want to tell him it is just a waste of time
I want to tell her to fix this crime
But I speak silence.

I want to play the game
I want to know her name
But I speak silence.

I want to know how winning feels
How I would love to move without these wheels
But I speak silence… no one understands.

There is so much I have to say
But I can not, there is no way
I speak silence.

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