Psalm for Times of Peace

You are quiet
Your voice I hear not
And in silence I suffer
Longing to hear you once again

O why do you keep your lips pressed closed
When I am drowning in the quiet
And a word from you would be
Breath in my lungs to sustain me?

It is not so much your reticence that
Has doomed me to suffer this disquieting quiet
But my own foolishness
For when you have spoken I have not been keen to listen
Release me from this hostile peace
And I will open my ears to hear


a free verse sonnet for dVerse

14 thoughts on “Psalm for Times of Peace

  1. “disquieting quiet” Indeed specially when we let our opportunity pass. I think we’ve all been to this space. Not to listen is a human folly that brings repentance afterwards. Sigh.

  2. I have always been a great conversationalist, but used to be a terrible listener. My wife opened my eyes & ears to the words & thoughts of others–and I have become the richer for it.

  3. “For when you have spoken I have not been keen to listen…” so beautifully you have penned this. It puts me in mind of one of my favorite hymns, especially the second verse:
    Open my ears, that I may hear
    voices of truth thou sendest clear;
    and while the wavenotes fall on my ear,
    everything false will disappear.
    Silently now I wait for thee,
    ready, my God, thy will to see.
    Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

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