Silence, Redefined

mishmash did a beautiful job of raising awareness of society’s problems with race.

I was then inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s wonderful book Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life to write some more ‘definitions’ but in a less politically-charged context.

  1. A phone that should be ringing but is not. (Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life)
  2. The sound of the sun setting on another cloudy day.
  3. Scrolling through the Facebook newsfeed whilst lying in bed.
  4. The sound of an old grand piano, dusty and untouched for generations.
  5. A parcel sitting, unopened, on a sunlit doormat, waiting for the recipient to return home from holiday.
  6. A crow perched on a branch, head cocked to one side, eyeing you intelligently.
  7. Tiptoeing across the carpet, trying not to wake the parents.
  8. The sound of a jumper hanging on a sale rack, hoping to be taken home by someone unexpected.

Do you have some more definitions? Let me know!



noun si·lence ˈsī-lən(t)s

  1. A lack of sound or noise


  1. The sound of an empty school after the last student or teacher or cafeteria supervisor has left for the day.
  2. The sound of an empty house that was expecting its occupant to come home today, but they didn’t.
  3. The sound of someone who would like to speak, would like to shout even, but can’t breathe.
  4. The sound of a group of people, standing still, heads bowed, candles lit, wax dripping, thoughts sent upward.
  5. The sound of millions of people not raising their voice against the systemic oppression of millions of other people.
  6. The sound of a taillight, flickering out.
  7. The deafening quiet that immediately follows the crack of gunfire.

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