The Sound of Silence

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The Sound of Silence

Over the sound of laughter,
Of the gossip between friends,
Of parents scolding children,
Heard is an echo of gunshots;
Of screams slowly building up,
Then the sound of footsteps,
Confused, hurried, frightened,
Searching the sound of silence.

It’s sad enough to wake up to news of terror that terrified a part of, if not the world. But today, the news was just as I was going to bed… “Gunshots at a mall in Munich”. It might soon reach a state where people can no longer not be indifferent to such news. I hope it will not come to that.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 23rd July 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

40 thoughts on “The Sound of Silence”

    • Yes. That prayer keeps repeating, Sanaa. I wish it’d be heard, and there’d be peace. But it’s not so any more. Glad you felt the poignancy as beautiful. Thank you.

    • Yes. And I do wish we don’t hear those on a daily basis, Subha. The morale takes a dent hearing the noise of those news. 🙁 A music of peace is much anticipated.

    • I don’t know either, Modern Gypsy. I really don’t have an answer to that. Maybe we’re leading it towards an early end. It feels that way at the moment.

  1. I think it’s because we were indifferent to others plight ,today the problem has become worse. Because we didn’t care enough, to stop the raging spread of mad thoughts like ruling the world by the shariat laws.Just imagine what would happen to our blogging and blogchatter if we were in Pakistan/Bangladesh/Syria /UAE etc etc.
    We are blessed we have a voice.I share your feelings too.

    • I’m not contemplating those possibilities, Dr. Amrita, because I don’t know how the blogging scene is in those countries. And I don’t want to make an assumption. 🙂 And I don’t think caring enough can stop mad thoughts when they fester.

      But I agree with you that being indifferent to plight has made the problem worse. And I’m happy that we have a voice to whisper, if not shout about the sadness that follows such madness. Thank you for the contemplation.

  2. I like how you described it, normal life carrying on and then suddenly gunshots……….happening randomly everywhere every few days……….it is horrifying. Well captured, Leo.

  3. Yes! Excellent capture of the times.

    PS: “I will solemnly swear…” Good grief, only if it’s the truth! What happens if I read “crap” not worth mentioning, should I just visit your site and move on, without comment. Fine then we both agree never to write or read all creative crap 🙂
    I sense your Solemnly swear as insecurity and somewhat arrogant.

    PS: But, what do I know? I had to use the check mark, for shits and giggles. 🙂
    (ZQ recently posted… A poem For My Grandson PoPo)My Profile

    • Thank you, ZQ. Glad you felt it was an excellent capture of the times! 🙂

      PS: Haha. 😀 If you do read creative crap here, you’re free to not comment of course, but I do try to not write such. 😉 The “I will solemnly swear…” is just a play on a favorite Harry Potter quote. The default message for the checkbox was “This comment is NOT spam”, and I’ve used it because I’m getting a buttload of spam otherwise, and it’s getting irritating. 😛 No “insecurity or arrogance”, just an allergy to spam.

      PPS: Haha 🙂 Glad there was giggles!

  4. All these events are meant to frighten us and be reactive so that it will become the innocent that are seen to be guilty. We certainly need strong leaders now, but with level heads.

  5. If it comes to, ‘oh it is one more of the same’ where people are not alarmed it can be quite alarming. Not being bothered as the first ones (when they happened) may mean the shock is reduced and there is not going to be much urgency thereafter


    • Yes. That will definitely be an alarming state, where there’s no more reaction to such incidents from anyone. 🙁 I hope that that reaction never happens, Kaykuala Hank.

  6. The emotion and anger behind such a terror act has been captured effectively in just a few lines…Expressive know how to create an impact

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