Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Intimacy of Silence

I am sitting with this person
who doesn’t know how to shut up
and I want to strangle him.

Most people are terrified of silence.
They will chatter on about absolutely nothing
just to avoid it.

It’s not that they love the sound of their own voices,
it’s that they can’t stand the absence,
the quiet, the nothing.

The reason they hate it so, I think,
is that silence is incredibly intimate.
And intimacy scares people.

Listen to Najat:
Words are clothes,
but silence is nakedness.

Prayer is no time for modesty.
If you really want to get close to Allah,
you must not be afraid to get naked with Him.

(Thanks to Dan Prechtel for his help with a tricky bit of translation on this one—JRM)


  1. Wow! This sounds like it came straight out of the Gospel of Thomas. What a beautiful poem! Would you mind if I posted this on my blog if I link it back to here?

  2. I don't mind at all, Br. Jay. Please do!