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


20 Responses to “Our Silence”
  1. yassy says:

    I like every line. Very deep , very evocative.. subtle nuances. Can’t pick a fav line. Every line is loaded with meaning and epic.

  2. “Emotional graffiti” – two words that stuck out to me as if they were in larger and bolder print. Is there a human alive who doesn’t contain some portion of this “emotional graffiti?” Is there a human alive who doesn’t spew it out from time to time? Great poem reflecting relationships!

  3. K.L. Hale says:

    “Silence silhouetted in soliloquy”…this is just one of the many many lines that moved me. You’re an amazing writer, Brad. This may be one of my favorites. I’ve never been able to explain “silence”. Sending love and hugs. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us through your words!💕🤗

  4. kristianw84 says:

    There are so many beautiful lines that struck me in this poem, it is impossible to pick which struck me the hardest. Each line flows into next, leaving a trail of emotions that most, if not all your readers can relate to. Masterfully written, my friend!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, dear Kristian! The silence described is obviously something many of us have “heard” and thus easily relatable. But you won’t hear it from me. Love to you, my friend! 💕🌹

  5. beth says:

    some things never leave us, quiet as they may be

  6. Chel Owens says:

    Shhhhh. *whispers* excellent poem.

  7. A deep and profound work of introspection written beautifully!

  8. You even turn silence into beautiful verse, Brad.

  9. jonicaggiano says:

    This is such a moving piece. Often when things are awkward and one tries to make them, force them, it becomes even more uncomfortable, making the end of what once was even more painful.

    “Words and wishes abrupt
    Plunge to their demise
    Hoping the sudden stop
    Ensures a painless death”

    Such beautiful writing Brad. I hope your evening is a blessed one, sending hugs and love, Jonikens PS I haven’t been getting notices of your responses to my comments – it may be because I haven’t been able to update Chrome, just missed the two way conversation. Anyway, blessings my friend.

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