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Be Quiet

If you could paint a picture of silence
What color would it be?

Would you use the brush of fog to hush all sound 
A shade of gray, with touch of brown,
where eaves are dripping to the ground
and windows weep their quiet tears
Where solitude obscures the view
In a slate of lonely winterlude?

Or would it be a shade of green
A forest deep, of muted breeze
No sound to scatter birds from trees
No broken branches, swaying grasses
Missteps that crackle the fallen leaves
Untouched by clatter, harsh and rude?

Would silence be as black as night
A cave too deep for shards of light
A void within a famished core
A well of dark and empty shores?

Or would silence be of many hues?
A rainbow shade of morning dew
A soft pastel of sun declining?
No bedlam, blast or blare of noise
Could break the spell, a silent voice 
As if the soul could slip away....

A hush, sweet and keen, 
Like ghosts unseen, or angels soft as air...
A silent sea, ....where mountains lend an ear
As clouds pile high, ....and wait to hear...
Only for this:  such peace....such bliss
A sound so small, ... as welcome as a sigh

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  1. Date: 7/31/2015 1:19:00 AM
    sweet win... SK

  1. Date: 7/31/2015 12:02:00 AM
    Carrie....this is a superb alights softly on the soul...Beautiful...Congrats on your top win. You are so deserving.

  1. Date: 7/30/2015 11:42:00 PM
    There is a perfectly rational explanation as to why this poem came top of the pile, Carrie, and that is because it is simply brilliant. Love that last stanza. Well deserved congratulations, a #7 and a fave for me, thanks, Viv x

  1. Date: 7/30/2015 11:04:00 PM
    Brilliant take on the subject n a superb win Carrie! Congrats on top podium!

  1. Date: 12/12/2013 12:54:00 PM
    Way to go..Silence can be dark, gray, blue for sure..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 12/11/2013 4:52:00 PM
    Carrie a wonderful read. I so enjoyed the Color of Silence. Congratulations on your fine win. Warm hugs and smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 12/11/2013 8:34:00 AM
    a lovely and deep win....hugs

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 10:10:00 PM
    Carrie - You name this free verse but what an awesome rhyme scheme you have created! If I'm not mistaken each verse has a different scheme with one un-rhymed line in each verse with the exeption of verse one and four?? WOW...Line four of verse two is an absolute stunner! NOBODY does it better...

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 9:52:00 PM
    Congrats on the win, Carrie

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
    gosh, Carrie, you did yours so differently. You used different colors to portray one thing, instead of vice versa, to portray one color. Awesome writing. You are in top form here. Congrats.

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 11:57:00 AM
    I simply adore this, perhaps it is because you speak of my favorite subject, "silence" congratulations on your win Love xxx

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 11:23:00 AM
    - Congratulations on your winning poem in: "THE SOUND OF COLOR" contest: Sponsored by: Monterey Sirak - Nice to join and nice to read your poem Carrie. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 9:37:00 AM
    Amazing poem! You meandered down a different path and wove absolute magic and peace into the silence. Stunning! Congrats and thank you so much for entering.

  1. Date: 4/16/2012 12:39:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the wonderful contest Olajide sponsored "Color Blindness". You did yourself proud with your grand writing Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/13/2012 10:22:00 PM
    Carrie,, another wonderful

  1. Date: 4/13/2012 1:45:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win, Carrie. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/13/2012 10:15:00 AM
    You really have a very beautiful poem here. I'm sure the pen you used must be beautiful as well. Congratulation on your placement in Color Blindness contest.

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 7:37:00 PM
    Whenever I read this poem I am amazed by your Poetic heart Carrie.I was reading my Fav poems now.I think this is one of the best poem I ever read.

  1. Date: 4/27/2011 8:43:00 AM
    Wow.... amazing poem i just wanted to stop by and let u know that ive read most of your poetry and the symbolism and wording is phenominal.

  1. Date: 1/6/2011 10:57:00 AM
    Many congratulations Carrie, on your win in Paula's contest with this most lovely poem. No disrespect to the others, but this is my winner >> James