Haunting Silence

Jaibala/ December 8, 2014/ Poetry/ 10 comments

Sometimes it s not the sounds you hear that arrests our attention and affects our behaviour.  What we hear or what someone says is not always what drives us. Sometimes it comes from within, from what isn’t  said, what Isn’t told, and that can be what determines who we are and what we do.

Not a sound captures my mind,

Not even the ones that resound,

Its the silence that just stays,

Its the silence that haunts.


Thoughts sneak by deftly inside,

It’s when all the doubts come by,

A quiet drowning out the sound,

Its loudness leaves me astound.


The dreams I squash,

The hopes I kill,

The words unspoken,

The fears I hide.


All the disappointments,

Buried deep inside,

All the anguish,

The losses I survived.


In the stillness of the quiet,

I hear clearly when sound is gone,

Serenity gives me strength,

Tranquility makes me strong.


I am guest authoring for Project 365 in the month of December. Today’s prompt was “Write about a noise — or even a silence — that won’t go away. (We’ll let you interpret this in different ways…)”


About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com


  1. That was beautiful Jai! 🙂
    Silence can be powerful

    1. We just need to realise the true power we hold in Silence 🙂 Thanks Pix

  2. Yes. Silence is powerful. It gives the opportunity to contemplate, and the contemplation of course, can become boon or bane. 🙂 Lovely poem, my poetess friend.

    1. Well true, It becomes what you make of it.

  3. Loved how you chose to make silence sound so powerful.

    1. Thanks Rekha, Silence has a lot of power, what you do with it matters.

  4. Silence is a 2 sided sword – boon for some, bane for others. The inner voice is always a guiding force. A strong poem Jai. 🙂

    1. True Pooja. I think it is more important to listen to what you want to say to yourself, than pay attention to what others are telling you. Thank You 🙂

  5. Lovely poem. Jai. And may every bit of silence make you stronger than ever before and let you face adversity head on.

    1. That is the plan, to use whatever I have. Thank You Sid 🙂

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