Room for Sound (a psalm)

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Room for Sound (a psalm)

Whistling airstream whirls through a crack;
…..understand the silence of a room not entered.

Mute from birth listening to the maelstrom;
…..words linger without hope in barren vocal cords.

Stillness of meditation creates harmony of thought;
…..sound amplified in an empty house is too loud.

Listening to bad news on the tv is a hard drone;
…..appetite returns when the comedian gets to the guts of it all.

Bathroom acoustics are great for any instrument;
…..audiences prefer the comfort of a larger space.

Wild dolphins connect to the pod with clicks and squeals;
…..captured dolphins stress from sonar in a confined space.

If dolphins could speak with words they would be free;
…..we could not deny them the room for their sound.

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30 thoughts on “Room for Sound (a psalm)

  1. the senses/feelings of sound and soundlessness, beautiful! and the sea, the wider spaces, and dolphins – this really took me away to a different place gabrielle, wonderful!

  2. I love this, Gabrielle. Lovely thoughts on meditation… and the dolphins too! And you are so right about bathroom acoustics – the only place (sometimes!) that my voice is (almost!) acceptable, lol!

  3. I love it: the question and answer rhythm of a modern psalm. This particularly: “Stillness of meditation creates harmony of thought;..sound amplified in an empty house is too loud.”

  4. I’m still thinking about a poem that focuses in very closely on one of the senses, though there are images and kinesthetic feelings here too. It’s interesting to note, in reading a poem so focused on sound, that poetry IS sound and yet so many poems seem to focus on the visual where the sound of the words happens indirectly as a kind of unconscious music.

    The whole poem is very beautiful and the dolphins’ story is poignant, and yet I am fastened to the first lines “Whistling airstream whirls through a crack;
    …..understand the silence of a room not entered” and I am thinking about that crack with air whirling through it.

    It seems to contain so much possibility. All manner of things might be created there. What an astonishing image and comment on reality.

    • Wonderful comment Aletha (5 out of 5 – haha). It is interesting what you say, especially about the whistling airstream. The poem started as a response to the wind whistling through a crack in my office door – I love that sound – but if the wind had not gone through the crack (if the door had been closed completely) then the sound would cease to exist – originally I had the line something like – the whistling airstream understands the silence of a room not entered; and later separated the 2nd line from the first to generalise the concept. I suppose the poem really came from my temporary inability to speak very much (selective mutism I suppose) and the flow on effects of that situation on a usually verbal person. But even wordless there are still many words orbiting the brain – you just can’t hear them out loud. Now I am just thinking out loud – haha – thanks Aletha.

  5. Yes. It is a psalm. It is so pure. Some days I can’t even think about the dolphins…..there is a cry deep inside me I just can’t let out.
    I cried when I read these lines –
    If dolphins could speak with words they would be free;
    …..we could not deny them the room for their sound.
    Thank you. That is beautiful.

    • It is very hard to think about – such an intelligent creature treated like a circus clown for our entertainment (and then there is the cove stuff as well – just horrific) – and they wonder what has happened when an Orca decides on a bit of payback!

  6. First comment … you followed me on Twitter, and I’ve sent a request to follow back … so I decided to check you out πŸ™‚ LOVE this psalm. My favourite couplet is
    “Stillness of meditation creates harmony of thought;
    …..sound amplified in an empty house is too loud.”

    this is a wonderful piece of verse. Makes me appreciate silence more πŸ™‚

    • Hello and welcome bajanpoet – thanks for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚ Always good to see a new face. So glad you liked my psalm. It is good to be silent sometimes, that’s for sure.

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