In my daily morning meditations, I often contemplate the noise in the silence and have never found a truely quiet place. I’ve spent the last few years travelling and in the bush after living in the city in Brisbane for eleven years. In the bush the noise of the insects, frogs and birds can be almost deafening especially on a hot summer’s day when the cicadas are all singing in harmony. However the city is totally different, at 4am in the morning there is a silence of the natural world due to the loss of biodiversity in the city but the unnatural sounds are there. A motor hum, a buzz, a ping, wi-fi, creaky door, squeaky floor, drone, drone, drone, drone, drone, drone. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
NOISE NOISE NOISE NOISE NOISE NOISE NOISE
The silence is within you. Silence is an awarerness of noise.
The sounds of silence
Quieten your mouth and just sit on down
Hear the silence is filled full of noise
With an awareness of all that goes on around
Distant school ground, hear yelling boys
A barking dog, birdsong, and a car driving by
A cricket, a frog, dripping tap
In silence there’s noise of the wind in the sky
The words in my head are a rap
I turned off the tap and dripping noise ceased
A truck’s airbrake gave a loud groan
A trickling creek, the waves on the beach
Loud music in somebody’s home
But silence is just an awareness of noise
When sitting in peace and in quiet
I found silence in me and outside is the noise
Even in the middle of the night.
Copyright 2019 James Arthur Warren
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