Silent Love Song

Santa Fe Trail 28 Mar 2010 by Brokentaco, on Flickr

I never was the queen of chat.
Monthly minutes used on my phone tend toward single digits.

I never minded your silence.
I think you're quiet because you're listening.
Listening intently,
with more than your ears.

I've seen you on a summer night,
rocking in time to crickets and katydids,
each beat of breath in rhythm,
as if  your cells breathe sound rather than air.

I've seen you transfixed by the swoosh of waves,
arms spread wide like a bird poised for take-off,
as if you can catch the vibrations in hollow-flute bones,
let the boom of surf against rock lift you like song into the clouds

I've seen you tune your guitar,
head tipped back, mouth open.
Like a cook sampling sauce
you know when it's right,
can taste sharps and flats.

I've grown so tuned to you
we don't need words.

I know,
with a touch,
a look,
some tremor in the air around you.
I know
what you need.

I didn't know your secret.

standing close but not touching,
enthralled by whispered symphony--
snowflakes touching down around us--
you shattered three years of silence.

you stammered out my name
followed by
"luv you."

Then a bluebird started to sing
in the heart of December.

Then the Summer Falls boomed to life in winter,
rocketing me skyward on an aquatic roar.

Then joy went viral,
humming from cell to cell,
until I was vibrating like strings
under the deft fingers of a slack-key master.

Now I get it.
Now I see, feel, touch, taste, hear
the magic inside silence.
Now I get
the magic of you.

~Nara Malone

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  1. Beautiful. Much can be communicated by silence, accompanied by touch! I enjoyed 'the magic inside silence.' So well expressed.

  2. oh i LOVE; LOVE; LOVE it... such beautiful warmth and knowing and magic... love how he tunes the guitar, the silence while listening to nature...how he says he loves you...gave me shivers.... this is beautiful..

  3. Oh this made me all warm inside... this is love described.. love and trust is so important to enjoy shared silence.

  4. "Now I get the magic of you"

    This isn't too risque or cliche. This is perfect.

  5. I enjoyed the slow unfolding of your poem, the portrait as well as the story with its beautiful ending!

  6. smiles...an awakening to love...and those few little words make all the difference...and def set december col to heat....ha...yes a bit of magic....smiles....

  7. Nara, this gave me the chills. Stunningly beautiful. I had a patient back in the late 60's before we even recognized autism as such, and this is exactly what happened. After months of silence he looked up and said, "I love you." A moment to hold close.

    1. Absolutely a moment to hold close, Victoria. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. ooh! This is so lovely. Full of joy, acceptance & knowing. Beautiful.

  9. I see the story. The love story. What a happy ending!

  10. Oh, you have lulled me into this beautiful dream right from the start. Great word choices and imagery. I love the "taste of sharps and flats" and the bluebird in the heart of December. So much to enjoy, here. Cheers!

  11. Yes, we don't need words. The feel can be tumbling in! Beautiful write, Nara!


  12. There is indeed "magic inside silence" and quite a bit of magic in this poem...lovely.

  13. Always sensual with great energy! Thanks, Nara. I am so admiring all your publishing! K.

  14. Ah, you captured me and took me along and it was worth it. I love the bluebird sings in the heart of December, so many lines that no one else but you could say just like that.

  15. "until"
    the repetition works well here
    left me waiting...

  16. This is absolutely beautiful. I love the imagery in this piece too! :-)

  17. sensual and digging deep into it, into me via some snappy narrative full of colour and interest propelling - compelling! best :)

  18. A glorious piece of writing, leaving me smiling. Thank you.

  19. You keep the elements of your composition simple but never err from the emotion that wells behind them. Got my heart beating, too. Thanks for the reminder, I'll be sure to give my wife a lingering kiss this morning. - Brendan

  20. Nara, a sensitive and welcoming write ~

  21. A sensitive, and subtle, depiction of developing love. Very nice.

  22. I loved this, the gentleness, the inter communion and the outright joy.

  23. That was very beautiful and a testament to the power of non-verbal communication..

    Words were and always overrated but sometimes it takes words to get to the essence of what IS..again..before the words were made....

    The simple connection of what is..as my cat or your dog or his or her..bird simply knows without a word or abstract thought..

    And nah..I don't know if you have a dog..that was just a wild guess there..with odds of potentially not being incorrect..for just the intuition of what is...


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