A Moment of Silence

A palpable stillness descended, but felt a bit awkward.

Crowds tend to feel ambushed when compelled
to bow their heads and temporarily shut up.

From childhood, we all resent being told to keep quiet —
it seems like an artificial imposition, almost a punishment.

Now everyone paused to observe that moment of silence,
as if it was some exotic creature rarely seen in these parts.

Like Sunday morning worshipers dutifully spending
their hour a week at church, we privately contemplated
whatever comes next: brunch, a televised sports contest,
perhaps a few minutes getting to know one’s children.

Our silences are mostly filled with thoughts, so everyone
pretended to be pondering theirs in a kind of spiritual way
that would be approved if they could somehow be heard aloud.

Eventually, the tedium began to seem interminable,
testing our tolerance and resolve in an almost cruel way.

If truth be told, nobody ever really has that much to say,
but it was the principle of the thing, so to speak.

Soon there was a concerted rustling about, as if we’d all
had enough, and the impatient squirming was a signal
from the collective to abandon the enforced silence.

When the moment had finally passed, everyone breathed
a great sigh of relief, but still had nothing of interest to say.

Though the preachers go on in praise of silence,
we would just as soon get it out of the way.



About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Verses and ramblings on life as it is: https://writingonwater934500566.wordpress.com/ Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: https://themindthatneverwas.wordpress.com/ Verses on the Play of Consciousness: https://onlydreaming187718380.wordpress.com/ Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: https://themysteriousexpanse.wordpress.com/ Poems of the Mountain Hermit: https://snowypathtonowhere.wordpress.com/ Love Poems from The Book of Yes: https://lovesight.wordpress.com/ Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: https://travelsindreamland.wordpress.com/ Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: https://freetransliterations.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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