Silence like a cancer grows


I am crazy about the song "The Sound of Silence" performed by Disturbed. It is a poetic vision of how we can choke on our own rage, suffocate ourselves with silence, and disappear in our inability to communicate.

I say stuff. That's who I am. Not saying stuff dishonors me. Sometimes they are embarrassing things, but it's my way of connecting to other souls who have walked the same path. 

Not saying it doesn't mean it didn't happen. It just means it's festering somewhere.

"It" can be any dreadful, painful thing that will consume you until you name it.

Then you can whisper it in someone else's ear and they will be your first witness. "I'm depressed."

Then you can speak it, and transform it until it becomes one more plate in your armor of light in this life.







"The Sound of Silence"

written by Paul Simon,
performed by Disturbed

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

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed 
By the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched 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 share
And no one dare 
Disturb the sound of silence

"Fools" said I, "You do not know, 
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
And the words that it was forming

And the sign said,
"The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence."

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