Silent Voice genre: Rhyme-N-Reason

The category "Rhyme-N-Reason" is intended to be a place to share poetry that stimulates thoughtful reflection. For me, writing poetry is cathartic. It's a way to encapsulate a group of feelings or thoughts that might be on my mind such that when I'm done writing, I experience a level of resolve that is both comforting and motivational. It has the same effect for me as listening to a song with which one has a significant connection. It takes you somewhere you've been or to something you've felt or experienced and allows you to further interpret the intended meaning or the lesson learned. Hopefully this can be a place for readers to pause and reflect on their own thoughts and feelings. Your comments are welcomed as well as any poetry you might want to share.

The following poem is called Silent Voice. It's a poem I wrote some time back and it is primarily a compilation of many recurring thoughts. Essentially, it's about looking for direction in life while at the same time still living life. As such, while we are all looking for guidance, we still move forward until such time as we suddenly realize we have arrived where we should be...without ever actually having found the direction or guidance we had long sought. In the end, we must all steer our own ship to its destination.

Bus in London - 2004


Summoned by a voice I turned to see the source
It called out again and yet no closer did it seem
I paused to listen in silent quiet
The voice was gone so it mustn’t be calling me
In haste and hurry I never thought of the voice again
It never said my name so perhaps it called to another
Yet somewhere deep inside I kept an ear in case it called again
Like one might do in fear of lightning
Nearly hit by the deliberate bolt
Yet saved by the startle of flashing light and reminded by the subsequent rumble
Always aware of the sky but never fully engaged in gaze
A collision avoided and does my destination receive me if it’s never given?
A near miss on my intended journey or a journey towards my intention
Are such events like the calling voice that can’t be seen?
Or do they work in consort with the voice to deliver and direct the message?
Something big moves forward and yet not a word has been spoken
Have the years of anticipating the voice given the message without an utterance?

Daniel DiRito | April 12, 2006 | 10:58 AM
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