The Silence of Our Lives

by Larry Chamberlin   Jul 24, 2017

When we met we were silent
- a glance,
- a lingering gaze
- a smile
- returned

Then I went to you and silence
- was uncomfortable
- was replaced with chatter
- was eliminated with interest
- returned with comfort

We came together and silence
- marked intimacy
- accompanied long walks
- meant hands held in sleep
- returned loving smiles

We fought and silence
- met fury with cold shoulders
- meant the back of a slammed door
- greeted an empty morning
- returned letters unopened

We made up and silence
- was your tears against my chest
- was long eye contact over dinner
- was holding each other on the couch
- returned with sleep in each other’s arms


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  • 8 months ago

    by CJ Maleney

    Judging comment

    "The Silence of Our Lives" By Larry Chamberlain 7 points

    This poem By Larry is what I classify as a "lift and drop".

    The beginning lifts the readers spirits and makes us think of that time when we first met. Nostalgia kicks straight in at this point.

    Then comes the drop. Relationships end and sometimes it's not in a good way, in fact they rarely end in a good way. The slam of a door can often be the last sound that you will hear that person make.

    But the end is not in sight. We all get a "lift, drop, Lift"

    It's not often we read things like this. A happy ending is one that will always make me smile and grow a little tear.

    Well written and chronologically thought out . (7)

  • 11 months ago

    by Meena Krish

    Congrats on the Win!!

  • 11 months ago

    by mossgirl19

    Congrats on your win, Larry.

  • 11 months ago

    by Meena Krish

    This actually shows the depth of understanding in a
    relationship. Most of the time in that silence many a thing
    and emotion can be understood and is known. Words aren't
    needed when silence answers all your needs...nice write :)

  • 11 months ago

    by Brenda

    Larry, absolutely love this. It's so real and how a relationship ebbs and flows. Well done-

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