Poem 66: Nothing was said

To think, starlight in the pond
travelled millions of years to reach us;
no one saw it,
or if they did, nothing was said.

To think, each leaf trembling on the tree
is unique among billions;
no one saw it,
or if they did, nothing was said.

To think, the threatening cloud growling beyond hills
was formed by eons of conniving concocting weather systems;
no one saw it,
or if they did, nothing was said.

To think, the baby born somewhere today in a slum,
unique among billions, is dead;
no one saw it,
or if they did, nothing was said.

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15 thoughts on “Poem 66: Nothing was said

  1. umashankar

    That is a lyrical contemplation, and a reminder to stop and think. Each stanza stresses the miracle of the most mundane of objects, adding on to the weight of the concluding stanza. It is an elegant, poignant, and a precious piece of poetry.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          I’m not sure what I think re spontaneous and “force” – there’s a difference (I’m sure) between “waiting for it to happen” and “exercising some discipline” (whatever that means!) I think writing within a specific form is a great aid to ones spontaneity. A form stops one from floundering around in a great cesspool of too many options.

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          1. umashankar

            I am learning. Perhaps what I was thinking when I said that was there are times when a poem, or a major part of the poem, comes to you and you want to write it. One still needs to exercise some discipline even then, add a bit here, prune a bit there. Sometimes, beautiful ideas flow in during the process, words form as if by magic. And they are the best things one can write.

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