Silent Surrender

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Silence

I catch the pattern of your silence before you speak.  I do not need to hear a word.  In your silence every tone I seek is heard.

~ Langston Hughes

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,

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And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace

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Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o’er her face,

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Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

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And on that cheek and o’er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

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The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,—

A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.

~ Lord Byron

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