Friday, April 27, 2012

Five for Five: Listening (in Six Words)

This is what I listen to:

The news, the radio, the television,

Phone ringing, people on the street,

Sparrows chattering in hedges at dawn.

Her Majesty meows, I pet her.

The wind blows through tree tops.

Quiet melancholic songs help tears run,

Driving passes fast along a song,

Anger burns out if I play

A piece of music really loud,

And the nights I cannot sleep

Songs count minutes instead of me.

But when there is nothing else,

Silence speaks all words to hear. 


Five for Five is a community event for bloggers hosted by Jen and Sarah at Momalom from April 23–27. As this is primarily a book blog, I will include bookish themes is some of my Five for Five posts this week. So, if you are my regular reader, please do not get scared away, I am not turning this blog upside down. And if you are new to Beyond Strange New Words, take a look around and feel welcome to visit again if you like what you see.

Learn more about Five for Five HERE and visit other participants’ posts HERE


  1. Music has a way of helping us through -- whether it's a composed symphony or simply the soundtrack of our routine. I wouldn't have it any other way.

  2. "Silence speaks all words to hear."
    This is so true. even silence isn't so silent.

    1. Yes, we just have to take time to listen to it. :)

  3. "And the nights I cannot sleep

    Songs count minutes instead of me"

    Love the imagery there.

  4. Between music and silence, you've got it all covered!

  5. Music is such an important part of my life. I use it to sort through feelings, give our family a kick in the pants when we're feeling down, to just accompany us during our day.

    1. That is true, music is good in all kinds of situations.

  6. I crave silence -- a very rare reality. But what I've discovered is that music can be that transformative medium. With music on the noise seems joined together, not so overlapping and loud and disruptive. With music, we all are singing the same words. A needed break and a mood lifter all at once!

    1. I agree, music brings harmony to the different noises around us.

  7. I love this! There are so many sounds that make up a part of every day. You captured that so wonderfully well. But music is a special type of sound that can really affect our emotional being. I start every day with my favorite music. Silence. Sometimes I appreciate it. Other times I just need to have some noise. Great contrast from the first line to your last.


    1. Thank you! I'm the same - sometimes I value silence while at other times I need some music, noise, etc...


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