A Hardy Conversation

The most powerful word

I have learned

is silence.

Prone to verbosity,

the space between the speaking

allows for breath

to quiet the differences,

the conflicts, the uncertainties.

We like things in boxes, 

don't we?

neat with lids closed,


Ah, but life jumps up and says,

no, there are alot of layers here,

complexities and misunderstandings and mysteries--

so, the most peaceful path 

I love to walk is silence.

And silence brings words of kindness, compassion and understanding,

a hardy conversation indeed.

◄ Changing Directions

Infinitely ►


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John Botterill

Fri 12th May 2023 19:35

So very wise, Helene. I can learn a great deal from your poetry.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Fri 12th May 2023 10:17

Thank you Hélène.
AsamusicstudentIlearnedthatinapieceofmusic, the silences (rests) between the notes were just as important as the notes themselves.
Silence is golden!

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Thu 11th May 2023 17:45

This leaves me breathless. Absolutely stunning piece of writing. You are fast becoming my guru!😊


Thu 11th May 2023 16:05

👍💖 as always Helene


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Manish Singh Rajput

Thu 11th May 2023 15:51

It's easier that way ain't it? To walk in silence and avoid the complexities and miseries, taking no pride in reversing someone's opinion according to your beliefs. Life's simpler minding and mending our own lives.
Thank you for this wise poem.

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