midas touch

Simon and Garfunkel’s classic, The Sound of Silence, seems to draw together the thoughts on solitude, melancholy and friendship that have been front and centre in my mind this past week:

“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…

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 shared
and no one dared
disturb the sound of silence”

The eternal silence of the seemingly infinite spaces between myself and others have taught me that, as Marcel Marceau said, silence is full of music – a beautiful sound and fury filled with something greater than I can comprehend. Mother Teresa described it as follows, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Silence is the pause in us where we are near to God (Arvo Part).

I will let Leonard Cohen wrap it up with an extract from his song Amen:

“Tell me again
When I’ve been to the river
And I’ve taken the edge off my thirst
Tell me again
We’re alone & I’m listening
I’m listening so hard that it hurts”

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