Friday, April 15, 2011

Sights And Sounds

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence.

Helen Keller
Hello Borneo
The electricity went off in the neighborhood this evening. I was suddenly transformed into darkness and also into silence. I couldn't listen to music. I couldn't read, write or paint. So I sat still in my room to watch and listen.

There is a different kind of music in the silence. It's not the familiar songs in memory but a never ending and never repeating symphony of sound. It does not ask to be heard, but will sing for whomever listens. It is a music that can not be played on any earthly instruments and all the music of earth is not much more than a mumble compare to it. Musicians will try to capture it and invite it to live on their strings. But it sings on above the fingers and lips that can only whisper it.

There are visions in the darkeners beyond describing in terms of the daily fiction we live, with our duties, our day dreams and our night dreams. It transcends the very fundamental beliefs of humans. It sprays an abundance of beauty not known or understood by all the artists who strive to grasp and reproduce it.

The sounds and sights of stillness do not try to invade our lives. They play their immortal games with joy and don't care who knows it.

I'm grateful to have been taken, unwillingly, to the place where wonders live of silent sounds and invisible sights.. I must do it more often.

DB - The Vagabond

(This is not a contest)

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

4 answers so far

I eagerly await your answer.

This Week's Contest

This is one I put up a few years ago and people seemed to enjoy it, so here it goes again.

You are now ordered to take a famous remark, a cliche or otherwise and restate it in the most verbose manner possible. Example:

Night is an inappropriate time for the manufacture of animal feed.
(Make hay while the sun shines.)

Get it? Ken Riches won this contest the last time, so you're up against some heavy competition.

5 entries so far.

Good luck. Enter as often as you wish. The decision of the ornery, biased, curmudgeon is final.


Ally Lifewithally said...

I love the sound of Silence ~ enjoyed reading this entry ~ Ally x

Valerie said...

I am often welcome the power going out, providing I don't need my air conditioner. I enjoy silence. It usually becomes a little noisy outside, I notice when it does go out, though. Neighbors start talking to one another. Interesting. Have a nice weekend!!

Anonymous said...

I tend to like rich & uneven silences.~Mary

pacifica62 said...

I bet not a lot of people would survive a black out like that. What would they do without all their devices, without noise rattling through their ears, without a TV to entertain, without some mezmerizing glow from a hand held game. Poor things would be totally lost and would feel very uncomfortable. Should be a mandatory activity once a week and would save a lot of energy.

Rose said...

I hope your electricity is turned back on by now!

I enjoyed your Entry!