Our Silence


The silence did not fall

Some wistful dance

A twirling leaf hushed

In its parasoled approach


Not twilight whispers

To a coming night

A quiet that seeps slow

Like honey off the comb


The dull of the murmur

As the eager audience

Waits in anticipation

For the orchestra to begin


No, it did not fall with grace

Silence silhouetted in soliloquy

A restorative pausal effect

Natural balance heard


Our silence was never that

It crashed our conversation

Like an adolescent driver

More meteor than metaphor


Words and wishes abrupt

Plunge to their demise

Hoping the sudden stop

Ensures a painless death


And there, in the quiet left

Volumes unspoken

Emotional graffiti

A harbor in the silence


10 Responses to “Our Silence”
  1. beth says:

    emotional graffiti – yes

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Emotional graffiti…an interesting comparison you make Brad…A lovely poem, very well written, strong and very visual…I must think about the emotional graffiti verse, it can mean many things. I, for one, am against graffiti, so I could take it to mean that someone scratched rubbish upon your well intentioned emotions. Great work…
    All the best,

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, brother! When I was writing it, “graffiti” was in the context you referred to. Although true in its color and subject, it was an unwanted stain on what was wished to remain pristine. The childish scrawling of things that could not find a truer voice. Vitriolic feelings that could find no real canvas. You have become very perceptive of my meanings and that provides me the warmth of being understood. All the best to you!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        Youโ€™re very welcome my friend and now I understand the poem much better. It is a lovely work of art.

  3. Harley Reborn says:


  4. Jim Borden says:

    like a couple of other commenters, I was drawn to the phrase emotional graffiti as well. And I like how you provided your thoughts on what you meant by it. Another wonderful poem, Brad…

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