Poems & Essays

20 Feb

I Collect the Silence

General/Column 2 Responses

These days I collect the silence:
the chirring of insects,
the leaves rattling with drops of rain,
the crows calling across the grove of trees,
the steady breath of air through the screen.
I collect the moments when my thoughts are the ones I hear,
and I can consume them whole,
beginning, middle and end.


Annie Demko currently spends her days homeschooling her sons, working on her homestead and writing in her spare moments. Her poems and prose have appeared in Kindred Magazine, Grounded Magazine among others.

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  1. Dolores Smyth

    February 26, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I love your pieces. “The steady breath of air through the screen” created such vivid imagery for me that I could almost feel the breeze seeping in through the screen.

  2. Kaye

    July 19, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I took me till I was in my 50’s to be OK with silence, I always had to fill in the the gaps, embarrassed when there were long pauses in conversations, felt that I was responsible for making sure that everyone was happy. I think I equated silence with the bad moods and unpredictable outbursts of my mother. I didn’t like being alone, alone meant time to think,to remember unless the radio or television was on. What changed? Journal therapy. Writing teams of free writing, writing poetry, then talking things through with the psychotherapist. Learning that it was not my fault, learning to like myself. Learning to savour long walks across the dunes and along the beach just taking in the sounds of seabirds or the sea breeze stirring the marram grass.the sound of my own breath.

    Lovely poem. It touched me.


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