Quiet: Ocean

The quiet of the ocean
is not the dampened sound
of everything being far away

but the silence everything has come from
but not far, no, not far, the silence

of the sea still in us,

the quiet of the beginning
before the first word,
only the presence, not the word,

the primordial still holding us,
the darkness still giving birth,
the tide in our veins,

surging quietly,
that all our sounds go into
and rest at the bottom,

noiselessly becoming eternity,
the quiet not of death
but of being held.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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