Saturday, September 13, 2014

How Sound is Silence?--By David J. Kelly--Ireland

How Sound is Silence?

If less is more and worlds abhor
a crushing, narcissistic bore,
perhaps I should relent from speech,
make all replies one gesture each,
keep dictionaries out of reach
and listen to more music.

But critics, though it sounds absurd,
would hang on each unspoken word -
my silent voice would be transferred
across the global ether.

Oh Heavens!
What a tangled mess!
I wish that more were really less.
Then I’d adopt loquaciousness
and suffer the dilution

David J. Kelly is an animal ecologist based in Dublin, Ireland. While his day job revolves around science writing, his light poetry and Japanese verse forms (haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga) have been published in a number of journals and anthologies. He aspires to publish a book of poetry one day, when he has enough suitable material. David is a member of The British Haiku Society and Haiku Ireland.


  1. Enjoyed the play on words in this! Refreshing look at what is more or less likely to transpire when applied to the human mind

  2. Dear David,

    Good to see you already have this insightful comment by Dave. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best wishes,

  3. Dear Dave, welcome to Whispers. I too loved your play on words. Very well put together and thank you for sharing your talent with us here ton Whispers. You will find an association with many people appreciative of talent like yours and I for one appreciate your amazing poem. I would just bet you love music too. :)

  4. David, I love, love, love your poem. It is expertly well-balanced, exceptionally well rhymed and delves into such an intricate subject which defines reality, common sense and with a tad of humor strewn about. Well done! Hope to read more of you in the future here on Whispers! Sheri

  5. Nice work, David. Well-written. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  6. Thank you, Richard Sponaugle, for the following--

    Witty and thought provoking. I can relate to the headaches life brings.