Melodies of Silence

Music resounds all around me.

The piano notes resonate

A sitar plays its seven strings, as does a guitar too

Thirteen strings harmonise

To a perfect rhythmic whole

The drums beat along with the tambourine.

The concert in my mind uplifts.

I sit, with eyes closed,

Listening to the music within,

Dancing in my mind,

The silence all around envelopes me with joy.


Or on certain days

Flute notes resonate through the air

Shaking the tender leaves on the boughs

A painter paints

Splashes colour across the sky

Far away a lone voice sings

A tuneless melodic tune

Wafts in through the waters

From a sailing fishing boat

Unseen hands light a kerosene lamp.

It is time to sail out into the night.

I sit at the river bank

Watching another sun set,

A flickering lamp sail by

A silence all around envelopes me with peace.


I had once heard a thundering silence

Boom and blast my ears

Cacophonic notes of distortion

Played within me

I pressed my hands to my ears

Tried in vain

To shut out an unheard noise

Rip me apart.

Alone and lonely

I had turned deaf

An ear-spitting silence had smothered me from all around.


But no more.

I have regained my eyes.

They are my ears now.

I hear music in silence

With my listening all-absorbing eyes.

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About Madhumita Ghosh

Studied at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. M.A. M.Phil Ph.D in English. Associate Professor in a degree college affiliated to Calcutta university. Love reading, writing poems and short stories. Translation is another passion Have translated English Romantic poetry to Bengali and Tagore poems to English.

4 thoughts on “Melodies of Silence

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    It is axiomatic that in poetry,there are some emotions which are harder to convey than others.;Sadness and Longing particularly so. It is therefore a triumph of this author’s poetic metier that , ” Melodies of Silence ” engages the readers’ sensibilities with such purpose and resolve.

  2. Louis Kasatkin

    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( ICOP ) are pleased to announce that for June 2014 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . Poem of the Month :- ** Golden – Witty Fay – **…..In the category of Highly Commended ( tabulated alphabetically ) are the following works:- * Def Lambs – Jacob Ellinger – *….* Dispel – Rashmi Malapur – *….* Flames of Desire – Ramesh Rai – *….* Let me count the ways – Lata Tewari – *….* Line of Death – Tapeshwar Prasad – *….* Lotus Life – Neetu Wali – *….* Melodies of Silence – Madhumita Ghosh – *….* Sickle of Change – Panjami Anand – *….* So,I lied – Jan Christian Sorensen – *….* We – Maria Lenn Langendoen – *….* (The) Word’s Color Change – Kinga Fabo – *….* Written in the Stars – Elizabeth Castillo – *. The ICOP CRITIC,Bi-Monthly Award ,for May / June goes to Gopal Lahiri .


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