Thomas Hood (1798–1845)
THERE is a silence where hath been no sound,
There is a silence where no sound may be,
In the cold grave–under the deep, deep, sea,
Or in wide desert where no life is found,
Which hath been mute, and still must sleep profound;
No voice is hushed–no life treads silently,
But clouds and cloudy shadows wander free,
That never spoke, over the idle ground:
But in green ruins, in the desolate walls
Of antique palaces, where Man hath been,
Though the dun fox, or wild hyena, calls,
And owls, that flit continually between,
Shriek to the echo, and the low winds moan,
There the true Silence is, self-conscious and alone.

Many thanks to Seriykotik1970 who posted this poem that I didn’t know on my flickr photostream.
More of my spooky shots here
I took this photo at Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris.


6 thoughts on “Silence

  1. What beautiful words on silence. And for me the words “alone” and “silence” have always been
    Your photos are wonderful. I love Pere Lachaise and
    have spent many hours wandering in there.

  2. Hi Cluade,
    I enjoyed all the spookiy pix. Those two hooded whisperers are downright creepy. The poem went right along with the melancholy theme. How folks back then loved to romanticise gloom! I’ve appreciated all the wonderful cemetary art you’ve posted. Your interpretations are wonderful!
    Enjoy your weekend.

  3. “There is a silence where hath been no sound … in wide desert where no life is found…

    “…Where man hath been…There the true silence is…”

    Yes, Claude, there are different kinds of silence, just as there are different ways of being alone, feeling lonely, or experiencing solitude.

  4. Hi Claude,
    You are in the Wall Street Journal today, June 26th, Page R9.

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    What we like: Lovely layout, writing and photos that capture the beauty of Paris in all seasons.

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