Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Quiet

In the moments before and after all great things (bad or good) there is an epic silence. Some consider it a sucking out of air, like a tornado of emotion.

I can recall a deafening silence when my father let the screen door slam. I was only ten, but I knew he wasn't ever coming back.

I remember the quiet snowy night in labor all alone with my first born.

I remember sitting by my great uncle Tony. He was an old man, but strong. He was in hospice and I sat there inside his quiet death.

There was a starry night on a beach in Jamaica... the silence before I said "yes...."

And now, all my children are in school. And the crickets thrum all day. But the house is quiet.

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes..." William Shakespeare

Wickedly good? Or bad? No matter. We writers can use all of our experiences. Especially those quiet ones.

13 comments:

  1. *shivers* I can never get over how good your writing is. I see a post on my blogroll and I think "Okay. get ready for something good" but no matter how prepared i am, you blow me away.
    I know, I'm repetitious, but I can't help myself.

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  2. Riv: Thank you. You can repeat nice things like that however many times you like!

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  3. Ooooh, nice! I like the tone you've got here! :D

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  4. Not all people notice the awesome quiet, though, do they?

    :-)

    Pearl

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  5. This is very good. I want to put images tall every line. Thanks

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  6. I love the silence - and the swelling of depth behind it *grin* enthralling

    http://damselinadirtydress.blogspot.com

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  7. I second what riv re said. Always know when I click on talesof..that it will be a special read.
    True that writers can use all experiences- not that I'm much of a writer, but I like reading of those experiences.

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  8. A well-timed silence can say more than the most carefully-placed words, no?

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  9. Silence is golden, they say, and I totally agree.

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  10. Ah yes, the silence before the breath...LOVE THIS!

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  11. Yes I know that quiet, that silence. It can be earth shattering, it can be electric. Whatever it is it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. Wishing you the electric silences!

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  12. Ooh, I love this. Beautifully done, Suzy. As always. And it's just for this reason I gave you an award today on my blog. ((hugs)) http://alicross.blogspot.com/2010/09/you-like-me-you-really-like-me.html

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