Lost in Translation

The voices speak in silence,
drowned not upon the wind;
deep inside lurks a stillness,
point of light in a dark crystalline sky.

Are they drawn from imagination’s well,
unconfused by chaotic din?
Does it matter where wisdom is garnered
like sheaves of grain in an August field;
asking nothing, freely sharing
until language loses meaning
in translation?


2 thoughts on “Lost in Translation

  1. What a lovely verse Bela. Your first line brought to mind those famous lyrics penned by Simon and Garfunkel so many years back.

    “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 dared
    Disturb the sound of silence.”

    While you have brought in the parallel of the grain sheaves swaying ( as if Communicating!) with each other, S & J visualised a similar situation where ten thousand people had congregated, none disturbing the Sound of Silence……

    Near the end, you say, ” … asking nothing, freely sharing…” What would you say are the underlying conditions needed for folks to act in this manner?



  2. Aloha Shakti, and once again, thanks for your thoughtful comments. I always look forward to hearing them 😉

    I think quieting one’s thoughts is key if one wants to perceive what is termed ‘higher guidance’ from several intelligent sources, nature being one. And you’ve got me thinking again on S&G’s lyrics. I don’t function well in crowds, but when I’ve been in those situations, I am able to shut it all out, much like the song infers – yet the lyrics go beyond to explore the spaces between, where we ramble and fail to attend.

    In my opinion, accomplishing this quieting of mind is the only way to perceive what is beyond words, the impressions conveyed by the universal source. Humans mostly communicate in words at present, at least collectively. Most have not yet mastered mind to mind communication, but I’ll tell you: this is the way I communicate with animals and with the plants in my garden and with those closest to me. We feel one another, we understand one another, we respond to one another in this manner.

    In silence lies great profundity.


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