Visual Poetry #22 (When a Face Merges with Silence)

A Quiet Face

…there is a presence…it exudes a deep stillness…and a pure silence…this is my impression about the statue in the image above which I photographed at St. James Cemetery…I find something mystical about it…there is a presence so powerful that is deeply felt…just looking at it feels like I am situated in-between a dream and wakefulness…

…I flipped open this book by Coleman Barks, A Year with Rumi, Daily Readings, and my eyes fell on this wonderful last verse of the poem, Beyond Love Stories (2):

I have no more words.                                                                                                                    Let the soul speak                                                                                                                        With the silent articulation of a face.

…exactly what I had in mind and what I felt before I photographed the statue…


About Virgilio Gavia

Interests: poetry, photography, writing (prose and poetry), walking/hiking, reading (non-fiction and books of poetry) drinking coffee and herbal teas, camping, fishing, contemplating, solitude, silence, traveling, faded jeans, meaningful conversation, wabi-sabi, haiku, tanka, Jazz, Classical, oldies, all the books of Thomas Merton, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Strand, ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, The Bible, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, humanities and the arts.
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2 Responses to Visual Poetry #22 (When a Face Merges with Silence)

  1. Your photo is mystical and haunting. The poem also packs a lot of power in just a few words.

  2. thanks, Judy, for the kind words and the visit.

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