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Friday, January 6, 2012

Mum Is the Word


Each Friday we provide the link to the blog that is hosting a celebration of poetry around the blogosphere. At that site you can find the links to the many other blogs that are posting poems (new and old), discussions of poems, and reviews of poetry books.

Enjoy the festivities!

The host this week is JoAnn Early Macken. You can visit her here at Teaching Authors


(Chairs of Paris, Avenue des Champs-Élysées 1927, by
André Kertész, 1894-1985, Hungarian-born photographer)

“God is the friend of silence. See how nature — trees, flowers, grass — grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. . . . We need silence to be able to touch souls.” ~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun

MUM IS THE WORD

The League of Quiet Persons meets
monthly. Its quarters are a cavernous
warehouse away from traffic. Its
business is not to discuss business.
Minutes are read silently and tacitly approved.
Members listen to rain argue with corrugated
iron, a furnace with itself. Glances
are learnéd. It is not so much refuge
from noise the members seek in such company
as implicit permission not to speak,
not to answer or to answer for,
not to pose, chat, persuade, or expound.

Podium and gravel have been banned,
indeed are viewed as weaponry.
A microphone? The horror.
Several Quiet Persons interviewed
had no comment. A recorded voice
at the main office murmured only, “You
have reached the League of Quiet
Persons. After the tone, listen.”

~ Hans Ostrom, born 1954, American poet, editor, and writer of short fiction

5 comments:

Robyn Hood Black said...

A delightful and much needed contemplation in our busy, noisy world - Thanks for sharing, Maria!

Tabatha said...

Wow! Love that!! I totally want a League of Quiet Persons t-shirt :-)

Tara said...

I'm with Tabatha - a shirt like that is something I now covet.

Katya Czaja said...

I really want one of those t-shirts, too.

And I need to attend a couple of meetings after a noisy holiday week with my family.

Ruth said...

Wonderful!