Wordless Poem

Wordless Poem By Sue Ellson

Wordless Poem

By Sue Ellson


Without words to speak
I live in presence
Wordless silence
Allows my essence


Away from thought
Trauma or fear
I choose the moment
And all that’s near


In awe and wonder
Of my experience
To truly be me
In complete existence


Without a narrative
Performed or pried
Alert and aware
With nothing to chide


Without words
My soul can feel
I can find my truth
And all that’s real



I was recently asked by someone to tell them what I was thinking. The irony was, that at that moment, I wasn’t thinking about anything at all! I was simply being present with them.

When we are in the company of others, we are often expected to speak and listen continuously. I am happy just to be next to the person and be in the experience of the surroundings – especially when we are in nature or in front of a lovely view.

I also find communal silence restorative. I remember attending an Anzac Day Dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance and feeling an incredible sense of awe and magnificence as one person in a huge crowd standing in silence in the dark.

In moments without words, I also connect to my essence of being a human being. It gives my body a rest from ‘doing.’ If I am with someone at the time, the other person is there simply for the company of being and not doing.

I am aware that there are many people who don’t communicate for other reasons, so I am not suggesting that we should all be silent or distract ourselves with screen-based activities. But to be wordless now and then, that I can recommend! With love, Sue Ellson 🙂

Photo is of Lake George in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia on 10 May 2024

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