Monday, November 06, 2006

The sounds of silence

Sometimes the bleating of the world bears heavy on my heart and I just have to be silent for a while.

Don't you sometimes wish you could curl up in a cozy nook, with perhaps a book and a nice cup of something pleasant to drink, and just listen to nothing?

We have been inundated with political blatherings for such a long time that I just can't stand to listen to the television or read the newspaper anymore until after the election.

It has been difficult to think of other things, nice things, so I have been silent.

I don't want to hear about Saddam Hussein being sentenced to die by hanging.

I don't want to listen to a bunch of self-serving politicos spouting hatred and half-truths.

I don't want to read about a pastor who was fired for sexual misconduct, lies, a hidden lifestyle, and hurting the members of his huge church.

I don't want to listen to anything but the sounds of birds, the purring of my kittens, the laughter of little babies, the sounds of love, and the burbling of a brook.

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

-- Simon and Garfunkel


At November 06, 2006 11:31 PM, Blogger Sue said...

I've heard from Arnold (our Gov) and Hillary more times than I can count! You'd think they knew me or something!
The phone calls and ads are just non stop!
I'm even getting political calls on my cell phone!
The sound of silence would be oh so welcome..

At November 07, 2006 6:05 AM, Blogger susan said...

Ah, Simon and Garfunkel, it doesn't get much better than that! Thanks for the moment of silence.

At November 07, 2006 6:25 AM, Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

The political adds in the mail we just throw away even without looking at them. I haven't seen but a couple of adds on tv because I just don't watch much tv and when I do the channels are commercial & add free. Thank goodness I haven't received any calls from candidates on my cell phone like Sue has. But we have received a lot of polling calls and we just tell them we are too busy or that no one is home *LOL* and they just hang up.

I have chosen not to get my information from other sources like 24 hr. news channels because they are ALL biased. Jimmy tells me if anyone is speaking live and I'll listen to what they have to say and I do my own interpreting of what they've said. I may miss a lot, but I also miss the garbage and speculating that goes on. I think I can make up my own mind about how things are going and like you I'm enjoying the sounds of silence and have been for quite sometime.

I'm off to cast my vote.

At November 07, 2006 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted this morning at 6:05, and then got in the truck and immediately heard a political ad. It was really annoying--didn't they know I had already voted?!

Sometimes I'll send DH to the store with the boys on some trumped-up reason just because I need the quiet. I turn off the tv and sit in my chair (or out on the deck if it's nice) and read, or just think.

At November 07, 2006 10:36 AM, Blogger Alipurr said...

Two times this week, my answering machine was completely full due to calls from political candidates. So if you try to call and can't get through, that may be why. It is ok to be silent sometimes, though it has taken me my whole life so far to figure that out. Sometimes I think lots of us use all the noise and distractions to keep us from our real thoughts and feelings, to hide from ourselves.

At November 07, 2006 11:12 AM, Blogger T. said...

Amen, Mother Kitty. Amen.

At November 07, 2006 4:03 PM, Blogger jellyhead said...

I'm like you, Motherkitty - life can be so busy and noisy, that I often love to simply have no sound at all (after the kids are in bed, that is!). I often wonder why I don't play music more in the evenings, but that is why - even lovely music can be a distraction while reading, or writing, or simply thinking.

When I do have music on, I *love* Simon and Garfunkel!

At November 07, 2006 8:19 PM, Blogger Smalltown RN said...

You always have something so poignant to say...and you say it with grace and style. We fill our lives with so much gobbilly goop that we forget to just sit back and relax and truly listen to the "sounds of silence"

Thank you for reminding me.

At November 07, 2006 8:52 PM, Anonymous cathy said...

I second what you just said...Sitting back, listening to nothing, sounds wonderful to me.

At November 07, 2006 9:47 PM, Blogger Rosa said...

Here here! I have had the TV off for several weeks now (with the exception of a few shows, of course--wink). I cannot stand how pollitics have become--actually how they've always been. We are in such a sad state. The thought of kitties purring is just perfect for me too. And that beautiful song playing in the background, of course!

At November 07, 2006 11:08 PM, Blogger TUFFENUF said...

I was busy today but the phone kept ringing. I got twelve political calls, nine yesterday. We need to get a law against these lame politicians for disturbing our peace! They won't call tomorrow. The elected will never call again, until the next time they need something!

At November 08, 2006 7:46 AM, Blogger MrsGreenThumb said...

Oh I'm so glad not to get anymore political calls. That will be peace and quiet enough to suit me.

Read a book? Who has time? It's time to slow down again. Most of my reading these days it skimming the newspaper and reading blogs.
Talk to you later.

At November 08, 2006 8:37 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

I'm a huge fan of Simon and Garfunkle too. Love The Sounds of Silence, especially. Their songs are timeless.
Yes, it will be such a relief to not get any more political calls. We've done our duty and the results are in. America has spoken once again and Election Day is past!


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