Friendship Is A World

Friendships can be difficult. I explored that concept today using poetry.

This is christyb and I am exploring the worlds of words and friendships.

Won’t you join me?

Silence.

Silence, Friendship and Now

Tested And True  

Her way is tested and true,
She tested it out on other people
With her chickenpox stares and
Voodoo doll dreams.

Now,
She turns her verbs, her nouns, and her eyes
Toward me, and
The true part is that she has no truth at her core
And her apple seed wishes have grown stale with time.

I used to crave her test,
I used to crave her words over silence, but

Now,
I put down the gloves and repeat to myself,
Silence is peaceful,
Silence is in my power.

© 2012 Christy Birmingham

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86 thoughts on “Friendship Is A World

  1. Julie Catherine

    Oooh, Christy, this is really intriguing – awesome concept! I love this phrase: “The true part is that she has no truth at her core And her apple seed wishes have grown stale with time.” – wonderful phrasing and metaphor here, my friend. Very well done! ~ Love, Julie xox

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  2. Jane Carroll

    Beautiful. Powerful. Thought provoking. I was taught in Psychology…that the person with the greatest anxiety…would be the one to break the silence…definitely silence in power…power in silence…

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  3. Marc Phillippe Babineau

    Silence can be an unnerving thing. When confronted by a rowdy, mouthy person you can shrug them off, but when that person is silent and spooky the scare is more intense.

    Great poem, Christy! I just wish i was into poetry to understand the metaphors…

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  4. granbee

    ChristyB, I must confess, I had to read some of the other comments to get a better “handle” of your message in this poem. Yes, silence IS power and the anxious one always chatters, draining off their own power and disgusting those around them. Wonderful lesson for ME today, chatty penguin that I am!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Awe, how sweet that you took the time to look over the poem and the remarks. Yes you have a good handle on it now! As for your chattiness, I really like your comments so you are welcome to chat away with me any time 🙂

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  5. mywithershins

    Some people we consider friends are far from it. It is important that we see them for what they are. To me, it seems as though the false friend in your poem has been found out and been given the silent treatment – and yes, there is power in silence. Very nice! 🙂

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Yes Sue, it took me a long time to realize that I have the power to end friendships myself. In this friendship, I utilized the power of silence. You offer wise words here. Thanks for the great comment!

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  6. ansuyo

    I LOVE silence and would love to have some right now. I have had two weeks of constant chatter surrounding me, and it’s driving me nuts. Anyway, I appreciate your poem, and silence truly is powerful. Too bad more people don’t realize it’s power. Angie

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Angie, I do hope you find a quiet moment for yourself soon. Yes while we sometimes need company its is the quiet moments that give us time to reflect and relax. Thank for the comment!

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      1. Aquileana

        ►►► Hello Christy ►►►

        Nice poem, I like it because the meanings seem to be more hidden here…

        Apple seeds stale & dried…

        As I see it you are talking here about a friendship disappointment…
        Maybe a closer friend…

        I particularly like the last two stanzas in which you highlight the opposition between words and silence.

        Yes you are right. sometimes silence sets us free.
        No words are needed when you feel something is lost…

        However I believe in friendship, even when there could be dissonance effects caused by raging words or just by too many words…

        Hugs!

        Aquileana 😉

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        1. Christy Birmingham Post author

          Silence is powerful… How ironic is that statement to make, yet it is so very true. Saying no words can sometimes be more powerful than a lot of words.

          Thank-you for your introspective comment and support! Take care!

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        2. Aquileana

          ► ►Christy ► ►

          “Silence and indifference are the worst revenge”, as someone once said…

          Yes… silence is a kind of lethal weapon, isn’t it?…

          Hugs XX, Aquileana 🙂

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  7. Cynthia

    Nothing new to add that hasn’t already been said. I love your beautiful words and the thoughtful comments you elicit from folks. You make me want to sit and write about silence. 😉

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  8. Sue Dreamwalker

    Just dropping By Christy to say Hi. and thank you for dropping in, Hope you are well, I have been looking out for new posts, but see you’ve not posted for a while.. I really appreciate you adding your thoughts to my posts.. Love to you.. Take care ~Sue

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  9. Judith C Evans

    “And her apple seed wishes have grown stale with time”…love that line, as well as the entire poem. I can definitely relate to the power of both words and silence. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  10. Red

    I think this is my favorite: With her chickenpox stares and Voodoo doll dreams.

    I love the silence…too much sometimes. Excellent metaphors and terrific imagery. Seems drama is driving a lot of poetry these days!

    Hope all is well,
    Red.

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  11. Raymond Alexander Kukkee

    Christyb, wow, I am impressed with this poem. Beautiful! Friendship is so tenuous at times–and curiously, silence is peaceful, silence is powerful but in a wonderful friendship, silence is also permitted. ‘; 0

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Raymond, how nice to see you! Oh my poor blog, I have been neglecting it lately. I will try my best to post in the next few weeks. Thank-you for the reminder here. Friendship has power, as does silence. I am pleased you like the poem!

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      1. Raymond Alexander Kukkee

        Christyb, I think the most important part of the last comment was “in a wonderful friendship, silence is also permitted”.–that is real power. Never mind worrying about your blog, vis-a-vis time; write only when you are deeply inspired–and your blog will love you for it, MY friend. Smile, Christyb….yes. “:))

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Awe, thanks Dana. There have been personal issues but I do hope to post this month. It is nice to be thought of and I appreciate the hugs. I hope to visit blogs again soon too. Hugs back

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  12. lscotthoughts

    Oh, Christy, I don’t know how I missed this and I’m so sorry, but as others have said, this is excellent and I love your use of metaphors…you have been missed, but I’m glad you see you back! Love and hugs, Lauren 🙂

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  13. Krishnan P Nair

    I honestly didn’t understand the poem. I just let it soak in. Silence does have an alluring quality. And having friends who can share silence with you – That’s a gift, I’d say. I don’t know if that was the drift of your poem, but that’s what I’m taking away from it.

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