Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Silence“.

I suspect that JVG was trying to intimidate with this weeks title, but silence is a poets friend.  Allowing individual words to shine.

So after blathering on like that with JVG for a while about John Cage and silence  ( and how neither of us had recovered from BBQ day last week), I got on with the poem

Have a listen to how it went below…

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Silence! Keep it down! Can’t we have a little peace?
The dissonance of modern life; will the racket never cease?

Traffic and construction; television’s toxic glow
Aircraft, neighbours, mobile phones and the blessed radio

We long for some relief to soothe the trespass in our midst
We pin our hopes on silence; but does such a thing exist?

Silence, we imagine, would free us from the din
Be careful what you wish for; harsher sounds are masked within

Noise has many guises and not all require the ear
The more silent things become the louder other things appear

The refrigerator motor with its oscillating hum
The blood coursing through your neck like the beating of a drum

Your breath, once a whisper soon rises to a roar
Tinnitus, thanks to Billy Thorpe in nineteen seventy four

The cry of your own thoughts, now empowered, begin to shout
Have you begging for cacophony to keep their rantings out

The endless drone of quietude meant to calm now leaves you stressed
You yearn for background noise to lull you into rest

The hush of one hand clapping becomes the clamour of the crowd
That’s the problem with silence – it’s too bloody loud

© Copyright 2019 Ian Bland

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