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Christian Hetzel

Silence is ever a weapon
Not the first time I’ve experienced it
Nor the last time I’m sure to offer it
We are silent when afraid

In silence we’ve no need
to name what it is that’s wounding us
Something said Something left unsaid
An interruption A glance

We are like ancient ships
communicating with their colorful flags
hoisted up between the mizzen & main
in symbols long forgotten

Yet certain without a doubt
that ours is the most righteous of causes
since we are unchallenged in the dock
of our own inerrant reason

Much like iron won’t bend
until heated red in the very forges of hell
we’re hammered on consequence’s anvil
till we forego our authority

The wounds of our silence
are covered by the proprieties of time
for we are well-rehearsed in suffering
We are survivors of the war

When the blood’s been let
when the leaches have done their work
there will be peace again I’ve no doubt!
A peace that comes at dusk


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Silence

  1. kiwiskan says:

    Yes, ‘a peace that comes at dusk’. Thank you Peter


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