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Silence - A Pleiades Poem
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By Nan Forehand
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Silence - A Pleiades Poem


sounds lost in the southern night

softly moved the baby's chest

stillness in a waiting room

surrendered soul lifted up

searching for just the right words

set apart in reverent prayer

'cept for ringing in my ears

Author's note: "He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words." Elbert Hubbard

1) Stillness in my southern, spring night is a peaceful time as I write this poem tonight.
2) As my 19 year old son prepares to leave for Air Force Basic Training this November, I am remembering my sweet, slumbering baby in my arms.
3) I'm consumed with the anticipation of a loved one whose hands are clutched to the chest as the surgeon comes with news.
4) Glory bumps cover me as I linger in remembrance of the silence this past Sunday morning just before the preacher baptized a young lady.
5)Think of the silence during a heated conversation as at just the right moment healing words come forth.
6) I am remembering when I knelt in prayer in a sanctuary with no other people present to break the silence.
7) I chose an exception to the true pleiades form in the beginning of the last line. In the depth of silence the ringing in my ears is deafening at times.

written by: Nan Forehand
Tuesday, June 14, 2011




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Submitted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

About the Poet
I grew up in rural North Carolina, married for 38 years to my best friend and soulmate, Allen, who retired almost 17 years ago from the Air Force after 24 years of service to our beloved America. We have a daughter, Ashley ( and son-in-law, Kris) and, a son, John, and, our two beautiful grand daughters, Amelia and Haley, and Isaac, our only grandson, all blessings from God. We have four cats; Mr. Peabody, Missy, aka Middle Kitty and Tabby, aka Little Kitty, and Gracie. I've seen a lot of hard times and God has always been here for me to see me through them. I am a vessel God can use to help others in need. If I could be described in one word, it would be that I am an encourager.


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