Starting Lent

Silence has started to come
With silence there is clarity
Long forgotten skills begin to return
The mind may again become sharp

How could the modern mind have forgotten
The body needs rest
Even the mind needs rest
One cannot hear words constantly

Eventually the mind starts to block out the noise
There is no more listening
The whole self is exhausted
Even the other senses are numb

Today reading became easier
Choosing words became more pleasant
Even lost memory started to return
Why would a man surrender silence?

For years voices were put in place to blot out all thought
Today, the radio is unplugged and put away
Again, there is study of those things which are important
One can hardly call this suffering

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