Graveyard of Silence

Graveyard of Silence

in silence, i wept
for dreams, i postponed
for narratives, i kept
for emotions, i bottled up
for forgetting my true self
for pretending i am okay
for believing in good amidst the presence of evil
for all the nights, i pretended i was sleeping tightly
for all the days i fooled everyone with my smile
for all the memories i held on
for letting you go
for making you walk away
for being young
for being rebellious
for being stupid
for being dumb
for all these years
i wept in this graveyard of silence
where bodies were laid to rest
along with all that, they have wept
in silence and in agony
in their lifetime on earth

they wept.

i wept.

in silence.

for David’s Weekly Prompt

This weekโ€™s prompt guideline

โ€ข Write an ekphrastic poem inspired by the photograph below, which Steven has shared with us. Ekphrasis is a rhetorical device in which one medium of art tries to relate to another medium by defining and describing its essence and form.

โ€ข Steven took this photograph in September โ€™21, and he has given us permission to use it.

27 Comments

  1. for believing in good amidst the presence of evil

    That’s so hard… I really feel this line, Mich.

    Much love โค
    David

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much David..i am delighted you like this one๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Sadje says:

    What a moving poem Mich. it is a waste too suffer in silence.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Sadje..indeed such a waste.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Youโ€™re most welcome my dear friend

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  3. kenhume31 says:

    Beautiful Mich & profound as always! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ We’ve all spent time in that “graveyard of silence”.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Ken..really thank you๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

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  4. poetisatinta says:

    Very moving piece thanks for sharing

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so muchโค

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  5. Profound and deep poem so well composed Mich ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Kamal๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™โค

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      1. Welcome dear Mich ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. markmkane says:

    This is hauntingly beautiful Michelle. Thanks for sharing your beautiful and touching words.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you too for reading Mark…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. murisopsis says:

    So much to say – instead I’ll just say that this is exceptional!!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw, thank you so much Val…i am so grateful for your comments and insights๐Ÿ™โค

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  8. So beautifully heart-touching…so relatable…powerful pairing with that photo.
    (((HUGS))) โค๏ธ

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Carolyn..โค๐Ÿ™

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  9. Very relatable. We’ve had these times.

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    1. michnavs says:

      oh, yeah Maria.. those silent moments of agony… thank you.. keep safe in there i heard from the news there would be a big typhoon.

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  10. A very relatable and poignant poem, Mich! We have all experienced regret at one time or another. โค

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    1. michnavs says:

      indeed Cheryl, thank you so much.

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  11. Steven S. Wallace says:

    Thank you Michelle! A very lovely poem. Reflective and personal. I walk through this graveyard nearly every day. Relatives and friends repose there. I enjoy the silence but I also enjoy music. I turn the music off whenever I pass by someone who is visiting. โ€” SSW

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    1. michnavs says:

      i am pleased that you like my poem Steven and that photo is stunning.

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      1. Steven S. Wallace says:

        Thank you! Happy Sunday!!

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  12. Hi, Mich โค

    I just wanna let you know that the W3 prompt for this week (hosted by the lovely Britta Benson) is now live:

    https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/09/07/w3-prompt-19-weave-written-weekly/

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