The Sounds of Silence

Geez, I heard this song this evening and it just struck me.  What a reminder of things lost:  Youth, loved ones, laughter, spontaneity.

Over the past year I have spent more time alone than I have for the rest of my life put together.  Now that I’m travelling that solitude is even more pronounced.  But I’m not complaining.  I’m not wasting this chance to look inward…to see who I really am before I move forward again.  This only seems smart to me.

No.  This is not a sad post from someone who is seeking pity or who has pity for their self.   It is an pronouncement that my eyes are wide open, and they are looking at the world in a different light.  This is good.  I haven’t done that in really long time, and I certainly didn’t do that in Los Angeles over the past year. 

Plus, I just love Simon and Garfunkel, and who doesn’t want to escape back to 1973 when both Dustin and I were young?

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence


2 thoughts on “The Sounds of Silence

  1. Randy, this post moves me. Actually, many of your posts touch me and make me think and cause me to pause and consider good thoughts. I love this song, and I thank you for bringing it up, as it touches a nerve and sorta summarizes some important thoughts about the wisdom and richness that surrounds us. I want to thank you for inviting me to share in your journeys by reading your blog. It’s fantastic, and I am really enjoying both what I am learning, and experiencing a bit of your travels and growth thru your eyes.

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