Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sweet Nothings

Billions of voices
Rise into the stratosphere
Yet in that thin air
They all disappear
The cries, speeches,
Laughter, shrieks
Stretch, flatten into
Mere wisps floating in
The abyss of dark space
Perhaps a star or comet
Might snag a vowel
Or consonant and keep it
Hanging by its stem or
Snuggled in its orbit
Humming sweet nothings
In harmony
With the uni-verse

A poem prompted by Mary's invitation at Poetry Jam poetryjaam.blogspot.com to write a poem inspired by Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" a song that has always inspired me with it's amazing words "like silent raindrops fell"  but always left me with a sense of deep sadness "ten thousand people...people writing songs that voices never shared..."   So, started in one direction ended up in another...:-)  Enjoy!

35 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this, Sara. My dad always told me that once a sound was made it just kept traveling. Your poem expresses this as well...so many sounds rising into the universe. What an interesting chorus of sounds there must be 'up there.'

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    1. Hi Mary! I love the idea of a chorus :-) Sounds in space are so interesting.

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  2. P.S. Don't forget to link this to Poetry Jam!

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    1. Funny thing, I was driving to work and that little subconscious that double-checks me in the background said "Hey! you forgot to link!" I'm linked now--thank you :-)

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  3. nice....ok, bizarre link...it made me think of there be no screaming in space....i think that came from a very old horror movie...lol...the rising of voices to disappate to silence is pretty cool though...happy thursday!

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    1. Hi Brian! Actually you're right, my amateur astrophysical son told me that sound needs matter to exist and that in space there is no matter so theoretically no sound. The sounds from Earth bounce back and forth from the atmosphere to earth until they dissipate. That would have been an interesting poem! :-)

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  4. I simply love the idea of snagging a vowel or consonant, keeping it!!!

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    1. Hi Helen! Me too:-) I pictured the words fragmenting in space and getting caught...

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  5. This is such a great response to the prompt...I, too, especially smiled at the idea of a star or comet snagging a word or two........sweet!

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    1. Hi Sherry! Loved your take on this too--Thank you:-)

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  6. Lovely! I like the idea of stars and comets snagging for words, unique imagery :)

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    1. Hi Loredana! Thank you, really enjoyed your imagery also, in words and photos :-)

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  7. I guess that's how it is in cyber space. I like the idea of a comet snagging a vowel or consonant and humming sweet harmony.

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    1. Hi Laurie! Thank you, I was thinking how lonely it is in space and nothing like a little vowel to keep you company, inspire a song or two:-)

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  8. I see many comments about these comet and stars'Humming sweet nothings', but it's very sweet image :)

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    1. Hi Humbird! Welcome:-) that does appear to be the favorite line/image. :-) Thank you very much for the visit!

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  9. very nice. I like the idea of our conversations floating around in space.

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    1. Hi! And Welcome :-) Wouldn't it be fun if the words recombined and came back to us as new conversations?

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  10. Perhaps a star or comet
    Might snag a vowel
    Or consonant and keep it
    Hanging by its stem or
    Snuggled in its orbit... i just LOVE the idea of this... who knows where all our sounds hang or whatever they do... having a bit fun out there...smiles... this is so charming

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    1. Hi Claudia! Thank you so much--your enthusiasm gave me a big smile with my coffee this morning:-) it's so much fun to play with words, isn't it? I sent your Unplugged poem to a friend and she loved it, too.

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  11. I thought this was quite brilliant...the way you captured the silence of space with a spasmodic little disconnected echo here and there...i imagine it would just be like that...very very good!

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    1. Hi Rallentamda! Wow you certainly know how to make my day! Thank you very much--you really understood where I was going with this :-)

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  12. Immaculate!! Echoes are rhythmical music, and they provide acoustic support to singers!!But, how magically you captured the silence here..
    "Perhaps a star or comet
    Might snag a vowel
    Or consonant and keep it"--Perhaps, this is how echoes fade away.
    Lovely poem.

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    1. Hi Panchali! My goodness, I am overwhelmed with all your beautiful words. There is a poem in that compliment:-) Especially love echoes, I didn't see it that way. Thank you so much for noting that!

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  13. Go ahead and grab a few of those snagged vowels and consonants! Loved your poem --- anxious to see what you write next!

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    1. Hi Mary Ann! Thank you so much--that is one of the nicest things you could say! :-)

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  14. Hi Wayne! Thank you for the visit :-)

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  15. I really like that somehow I can picture this in my mind's eye! I agree with some of the above sentiments: brilliant and a great response to the prompt!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you very much--a great compliment that you can picture this, exactly what I was hoping for :-)

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  16. ...sweet nothings & the beauty in silence.... and you smiled for no reason... it just happened like you never intended it... that sometimes our heart responds when it feels / hears / sees / smells beauty that is beyond admiration... and it's called 'appreciation'... smiles... see i felt it here... good day!

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  17. I can hear the sounds fading away. Great imagery!
    I like the idea of a star grabbing a letter to listen to later.

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  18. Great picture of the wonder and beauty of silence, you can feel it.

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  19. Perhaps a star or comet
    Might snag a vowel

    Very clever!

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Your words are wonderful! Thanks for popping in--I'll be over in a snap!