Manic Mondays – Silence



darkness, softly creeping
left the still remains of
restless dreams ‘neath
the halo of a cold neon
light that split the people

people talking
without listening
no one dared
disturb the fools

you know silence
grows like raindrops
echoed in wells

the neon god flashed
its warning and the
prophets whispered


Another Manic Monday Challenge, Prompt Word: Silence; Prompt Song: The Sounds of Silence (Performed by Disturbed and written by Paul Simon) and the photo above edited (I grabbed a corner of the entire photo and dropped in my black-out poem based on the lyrics of the song (see below). Thanks to Laura for hosting. Join the challenge yourself by clicking HERE.

The Sound of Silence


Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

Fools, said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence

Songwriter: Paul Simon

The Sound of Silence lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group




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