Variations of silence in poetry ( or General pause)

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General pause in Dvorak’s Piano quartet op. 23 part 2, variation IV

In poetry there are two kinds of silence:

when nothing is written down:

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or when the poet writes ‘it is silent,

so silent I only hear the rush of my blood,

the silence of nature — stir of birds, leafs in a breeze-

or the clock ticking in a quiet room.’

But does the deepest silence hover in a room

where the clock was stopped

and the wind holds its breath,

or when the clock ticks

in a sleeping house and

blackbirds sings in the dead of the night?

In a poem it can only be silent

when the poet says it is

but it isn’t while he speaks.

He has to shut up first.

No poem. Just silence.

Sit mum and watch

reality beats imagination.

Inspired by the one lined poetry prompt of Fierce Force 💃🏼. And by Kathy Jacobs . And by Antonin Dvorak.

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

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