Feb 4, 2019

The Voice in Silence

PHOTO PROMPT © Renee Heath

I was hoping it would be a rebirth of sorts, a spiritual retreat, when I agreed to fly to Arizona with Sally and Bill because I felt empty. Sitting in this lawn chair listening to them discuss every reason they planned the trip feels like dropping litter in a prayer. Right in front of us is a tee-pee with a sunset backdrop. I rise to walk away from them and before I can take a step Sally stands up beside me with tears in her eyes and speaks,

“Our noise prevents us from hearing silence. The mountain begs for peace.”

©Susie Clevenger 2019


  1. Nicely ambiguous. Both about the relationship between the three, and about whether Sally has made a realisation, or is just making another kind of noise

  2. Dear Susie,

    Our noise certainly does keep up from hearing silence. Well done.



  3. It's difficult to escape so much noise in the world we live in today.

  4. The mountains beg for peace, touches me. Surrounded by mountains, they are where I go for that peace.

  5. What a beautiful ending line - the mountains beg for peace! And what do we give in return - noise and litter.

  6. Silence is so important when we plan a retreat to look within ourselves.
    Glad that Sally finally realized the importance of silence.
    The last line is beautiful - The mountain begs for peace!!