Valsa George


Ominous Silence


Earth got suddenly denuded of all life
With a morose dullness so rife
A tint of grayness crept over heaven's vault
All movements came to a freezing halt

The wall clock didn't toll the midday hour
The babies no more blabbered but did glower
The hen didn't cackle after laying the egg
The earth for some mercy seemed to beg

The birds didn't twitter
The leaves didn't flutter
No music came out from the fiddle
The telephone sat silent on its cradle

Nature seemed to have lost half its mirth
A mournful silence overpowered the earth
But shattering the ominous silence
Gun shots were heard at a distance

The siren screamed long and loud
Announcing curfew on unsuspecting ears wild
Behind the façade of a deceptive calm
No one suspected the threat of a fierce storm

Oh Nature, who on Earth can your dumb presages read!

Submitted: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Edited: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Topic of this poem: War


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  • Bronze Star - 6,581 Points Khalida Bano Ali (8/19/2014 8:52:00 AM)

    Your message reached to your readers, the helpless readers, but the leaders don't care, the selfish and heartless leaders. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,362 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/7/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    It is a beautiful expression of feelings against the unjust activities going on in the world and the war zone are that I understands and concerns expressed are great. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,442 Points Amitava Sur (8/7/2014 7:15:00 AM)

    Reading this poem I truly can feel an ominous silence all around me hinting a virulent storm. The way all unjust are occurring all round the earth, that ensures a menacing storm. I can hear an alerting bell through this lovely poem's voice. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,070 Points Daniel Brick (8/5/2014 8:48:00 PM)

    I wasn't prepared for the full force of this poem. It is very powerful and moves with inexorable intensity. I had just read your FAIRIES poem, and I think there was fairy magic occluded my vision. I didn't realize that farewell to childhood beliefs had actually revived them in me on an unconscious level. And I quoted Ingeborg Bachmann's
    poem there. It actually belongs on this page. Your eloquent words are having surprising effects tonight! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,049 Points Roseann Shawiak (8/3/2014 5:47:00 PM)

    Fantastic poem, Valsa, I love the calm before the storm! It's stillness is intense, it touches the soul directly. Even violence cannot disturb nature's serenity or be tamed by it. It even outlasts the terror of man's gun fire. Very great imagery, Valsa, my mind can see vividly, all that you have described in your poem. Thank you, RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 25 Points Luana Del Lobo (8/3/2014 9:03:00 AM)

    Amazing! Absolutely loved it! The more we try to tame nature the more we realize its complexity and how difficult and almost impossible that task is! Lovely written! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 928 Points Piyush Dey (7/30/2014 12:20:00 AM)

    very nicely written poem. explains the irony which life has.
    i appreciate this wonderful piece. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 555 Points Saadat Tahir (7/29/2014 7:21:00 PM)

    Ah... the lull before the storm!
    nicely rhymed, well balanced and well worded.
    the poem builds to a palpable crescendo and then the short sharp catharsis.

    masterly build up of tension, like a trigger on hair hold.
    People from the subcontinent know it all too well.... it is the monsoon season known for its many theatrics and dramatics

    lovely write.
    bravo (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,792 Points Paul Sebastian (7/28/2014 6:16:00 AM)

    Before a raging storm there's an ominous silence, be it natural or facing life's storms. Unsettling peace in that silence. Discerning. Great write. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,609 Points Hazel Durham (7/27/2014 7:19:00 AM)

    With inspired lines that reach out to warn of the oncoming storm, as nature holds it's breath with an ominous silence!
    Superb write! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,496 Points Dinesh Nair (7/26/2014 7:40:00 AM)

    The mind of the man is creative and it manipulates whereas the the mind of certain animals has a practical reflex system that alerts them to respond to the urgency of situations. The earth which burnt for millions of years before it got cool enough to allow life on its water first and then on land is a paradoxical thing. The eerie silence it has to bear at times is parallel to its existence not withstanding all the odds. Mother Nature is the beautiful synonym of our planet that has to now and then let the man know of the things in waiting... A fine write indeed Valsa madam. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,381 Points Diane Hine (7/25/2014 7:25:00 AM)

    Animals can sometimes sense things that we can't -it's a very spooky phenomenon captured brilliantly in your poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,442 Points Amitava Sur (7/25/2014 5:43:00 AM)

    The sudden calmness between the Gun shots and war drums is definitely an in indication of a big storm in the door. The turbulence through which the earth is moving today possibly the nature will now take an action. A very nice apprehension is drawn in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,459 Points Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (7/24/2014 12:33:00 PM)

    The mighty Nature is unpredictable......Valsa......and the deep presentiment Nature presents but under the veil
    of its imperceptible powers....................a great write as always (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,501 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/24/2014 4:52:00 AM)

    Suddenly there are more disturbing news in the world than the calm and serene. War drums are banging and guns are sounding. The calm between the sounds. Is it the indication of incoming storm? Beautiful poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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