Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Very few people will not know this song from its opening lines. Written by Paul Simon in 1963, numerous artists have recorded “The Sound of Silence” over the years.
This haunting version by Nouela achieves added poignancy with dramatic film clips. Like the song’s lyrics, many of the snippets will look familiar.
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
I live many days in silence from the world. It’s a purposeful “shutting out” of noise, mainly speech. Since my mid-twenties, I estimate I’ve lived a year’s worth of days without saying a word, attained through silent meditation retreats and time on my own.
Silence is my way to decompress and reconnect to self, so it’s not surprising that it’s an ongoing theme in my stories.
I explore silence with the internal battles of my main character, Kate, and in her relationship with her father.
“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
The proverb “Silence is golden” is used in situations when saying nothing is thought to be preferable to speaking. I don’t disagree with this. I’m much more of a listener than a talker anyway, but silence can also be toxic.
In the case of Kate, her resolve to keep quiet is one that causes her great angst. It’s been challenging and painful writing this chapter in her life.
And on that note , I’d like to wish you all a wonderful week, whether it’s quiet or boisterous. 😉
If everything has gone according to plan, I am currently out of the country with no access to Internet.
It will be the first time in over fifteen years that I’m leaving my laptop at home. It’s the kind of silence I really need right now.
I will definitely respond to comments when I return next week.