2016 Poem a Day Challenge #16

April is National Poetry Writing Month! The challenge is to write a poem every day of the month. I’m using prompts from Writer’s Digest, NaPoWriMo and Kelli Russell Agodon’s list. Occasionally, I may use my own prompt ideas as well.

Today’s Prompt:

Write a poem that incorporates “the sound of home.”

The Silent Extreme

There is poetry in silence
Pauses are paragraphs in the lexicon of sighs
bathed in streams of consciousness
holy ablutions of unweighted un-sound
undurdened by verbal intrusions

conversations are delusions
that anything can be explained or other than simply felt
they are solecisms in series, invasions of laconic kingdoms
dispassionate empires fallen utterly
at an utterance, a turn of phrase

silence is Sabbath, a blank canvas
an empty, vaulted room unechoed by shout or whisper
no tones, no pitch, no color, no hiss
pacing the pumping noise floor, shuffling
playback, shuffle, repeat

retreating into the absence and truth, the ambient
the dark, the quiet, a void
avoiding the shrill crush for the calm of
hushed verses without words
no static, no clatter, no hum

a poem
the sonorous riots and tumultuous calamity undone
in silent recitation for a stunned and muted audience
of nothing and none.


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