Learning to Find Myself in the Silence, a poem



I have ridden

the sheltered sound of silence

draped myself

in the cloak of solace

washed my feet

in the shores

of thoughtful contemplation

and I have come into myself –

a little more.

I have come to find

my thoughts

a little less muddled

perhaps unpressured,

by the sands of time dripping

and the thoughtless dash

from one hurried task

to the next

I have rested my soul,

found new goals,

and polished others.

There is something

to be cherished

in the sound of oneโ€™s thoughts

often burdened by the noise

droned out

and drowning

where you no longer can afford

to tune yourself in

for life requires

that constant push forward

but we crave that silence still.

Or perhaps it is just me,

longing to be romanced

by that lilting tune

so I can contemplate the purpose

that rides beneath my veins

and I can adjust my sails

to bring me back home.


ยฉ Sumyanna 2017


Beautiful image taken in California.




23 Comments Add yours

  1. Tina Schell says:

    That is really beautiful, very moving. I truly felt your thoughts and that’s saying something.


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you so very much Tina. That means a lot!


  2. Reblogged this on Covert Novelist and commented:
    WOW just WOW!

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you for sharing Phyllis! I highly appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Couldn’t be more delighted as it was very special.


  3. wingedsoulblog says:

    beautifully wow๐Ÿ˜

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  4. I think that’s why I love early morning and late at night, when everyone is sleeping–silence invites introspection! Well done!


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Me too, but even here there is sound at that time. I am not an early riser… Strange to think I was born in the morning! You would think I would have woken late for that too ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a few kiddos who wake early and then I have those who go to be late. I think that’s why I love hiking. We are all walking off in a line and I am lost in the view and in my own thoughts. Someday I will be able to enjoy those moments of silence at the beginning and the end of the day, but then I would miss the kids too.

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      1. I work second shift, so everyone is usually sleeping when I get home, but my little guy doesn’t sleep in often making early morning silences infrequent.
        I would be the same way ๐Ÿ™‚


        1. Sumyanna says:

          Oh, second shift! I remember those days. Yes, when I was younger I worked night shift. When I would come home, everyone was already asleep. There was a wonderful silence I still remember. The hard part was that while I was asleep, everyone else was going on about life.

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          1. 2nd I can deal with (2-10:30pm), but 3rd kills me (10:30pm-7am). It’s unnatural. I usually get about 6 hours, so I don’t miss much. ๐Ÿ™‚


          2. Sumyanna says:

            Yep. Me too. That’s why I talk about it in the past. It was dreadful. Second was not so bad, but still.. I think I enjoyed first shift the most because it seemed more natural. With kids… it would be hard to do 3rd shift! Yikes!

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          3. 3rd is often the second choice for those with school aged children, as they sleep while they’re at school and work while they’re asleep…of course both parents can’t be on 3rd without getting childcare.
            1st is definitely the best ๐Ÿ™‚


          4. Sumyanna says:

            Seeing as I homeschool… the only thing I can envision is my kids hearing me snore mid-sentence and opening my eyelids to ask me to continue ๐Ÿ™‚ Having a child is almost like being on 3rd though. There have been times that I have found myself sleeping sitting up ๐Ÿ™‚ If it were possible without falling down, I probably would have slept standing up!

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          5. My dad said he mastered sleep-standing in the military. Maybe it’s an unfulfilled genetic trait I need to explore. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. leigha66 says:

    Wonderful words!


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. leigha66 says:

        You’re most welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Finding yourself in silence is a wonderful feeling! And the photo is beautiful!

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      So true. So glad you liked the photo. It was a lovely day on vacation a few years ago ๐Ÿ™‚


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