All and nothing

They say that ink is blood
and poetry are scars,
but just like scars
need skin,
your words need paper.

You seek the hush of cites
and the buzz in forests.
You need the warmth of winter
and the ice of summer.

As light needs darkness
a poem lacking silence is:
     a wound without a body
     an empty glass of water, and
     a rose that blooms in darkness.

You want it all and nothing.

The Muse Of Silence by Giorgio de Chirico

Tomorrow I host the last OLN before we go on Summer-break on dVerse. Be sure to be there when we open at 3PM EST, I have a surprise for you.
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June 28, 2017

39 responses to “All and nothing

  1. This is absolutely brilliant – you took my breath away with this one, the third stanza, especially, “As light needs darkness
    a poem lacking silence is: a wound without a body …”

    More and more, I find my poems filling up with ‘…’ and, if I’m honest, what I’m trying to say (but can’t) is: ‘pause here … take a breath … I think, a moment of silence is needed here’

    “You want it all and nothing.” … perfect.

  2. I love how you create a tiny moment of silence with the indents in the third stanza. Also the lines:
    You need the warmth of winter
    and the ice of summer.
    are really fantastic!

  3. This provides the writer with much food for thought. What a potent message – and the artwork is stunning too.

    Have a great summer vacation, Bjorn. (I begin my winter break tomorrow.)

  4. I loved this line “but just like scars
    need skin,
    your words need paper.”
    Excellent!

  5. I admire the contrast of themes, yet needing each to bloom brightly ~ Love this part:

    As light needs darkness
    a poem lacking silence is:
    a wound without a body
    an empty glass of water, and
    a rose that blooms in darkness.

  6. Just as much of matter is empty space until we will it too have substance, poetry is rife with silence, between letters, between lines & stanzas. When I have time I tape a reading of my poems, because the silence needs to be broken, Metaphysically, thoughts are less important until uttered out loud, 1–read the poem silently, 2–listen to the reading aloud, 3–listen to the reading while re-reading the words–for me only that is the complete experience.

  7. I love reading this and I agree that silence, pauses, and breathing room is so important, in poems, songs, and visual art too. Love the last line- all AND nothing. Nice!

  8. Great poem, Bjorn, as always. I’m having trouble linking up to the FB video (missed the live session). I keep getting a “Page Not Available” message. Will try again later. Anxious to hear the surprise! Have a great vacation!!

  9. The title sets the poem up perfectly. You drew me in even more as I heard your reading and watched the video on the dverse website. The contrasts between silence and words is so key to poetry. Have a great vacation, Bjorn.

  10. There is a gracefulness in this poem, and also a depth. I like the straightforwardness as well. One has to consider sound, the underbeat in a poem through rhythm and cadence but as in all music there must be rests, fermatas, the time to breathe, to understand, to take it in, to steel for what’s coming, to resist, to push back, to think, to integrate, and then release. Your poem does all this quite well.

  11. I love the wrestling with the great divide of be-ing and nothingness. I missed the party and the surprise. !

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