By Brian J. Mueller


It’s music for the soul.

Now that I’m listening,
now that I’m paying attention,
the silence speaks to me
like an eighty-piece orchestra.

Sometimes it’s like Mozart,
bright and uplifting,
perfect for a sunny day.

At others it’s dark and heavy,
like Wagner’s swirling Valkyries
on a dark wintry night.

And then there are moments
when the silence is pure genius,
and like the lustful and divine light
pouring from a wounded Beethoven.

I see why some
might avoid the silence.
It’s like taking a drink
from a fire hose.

Still the silence feeds my soul,
speaking from deep within
and in-between all the chaos
– a symphony calling me to sanity.

True silence is the rest of the mind,
and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body,
nourishment and refreshment.
~ William Penn

The Poem of the Day appears courtesy of Brian Mueller. To see more of his poems, subscribe to his daily email poem or buy one of his books, visit his website.