Within the shelter of silence, the heart and mind are renewed with a profound simplicity that breathes harmony into the complexity of modern life.

My people will live in peaceful country, in secure dwellings and quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:18)


The noises of a complex life
Bombard the senses constantly;
The heart and mind absorb the strife
As life marches relentlessly.

The noises of a complex mind:
Thoughts scattered like a grinder’s spray,
Fade quickly as they fall behind;
Forgotten in the disarray.

The noises of a complex heart:
Attachments screech cacophony,
Weary the will to play its part —
A slave of whim and misery.

The silence of a simple heart,
Detached with true humility,
Is centered on God’s will — apart
From noise — it beats tranquillity.

The silence of a simple mind,
Is ordered as reason has reign;
Its focus, filtered and refined —
Wisdom’s intuitions sustain.

The silence of a simple life
Draws harmony from deep inside:
With loving peace, moments are rife
With meaning — here peace can abide!

May silence in all its fullness renew our lives with simplicity and harmony.

(c) Paul Buis, 2004