The Power of Silence

The other day, one of my close friends and fellow meditation companions recommended that I check out a podcast. He was especially excited to have me listen to the poem read at the start of the show. The next day as I was heading to an event, I played the podcast. As promised, I loved the poem. I don’t often seek out poetry, but it struck a chord in me.

The poem is called Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda. Neruda was a Chilean poet and activist. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1971. He was revered for his ability to write poetry using straightforward language and strong imagery on topics related to everyday things. Which is exactly why I found this poem so beautiful. In a few words he is able to paint a clear and romantic picture on a seemingly simple but important topic — silence. For me this poem depicts why I choose to meditate, but through the vivid words of an artist.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And if you’d like to hear it (which is nice), you can check out the podcast I listened to here. It is read within the first few minutes of the episode.