Geoffrey Paul Gordon

Breaking Silence

Why not speak out
among the silently praying?
Consider the futility of quiet.
This is my thought:
That healing is active,
This is my belief:
That the unspoken is unknown,
This is my hope:
That knowledge is strength.
I remember lives taken,
Lives risked and lost,
Tears shed unashamedly,
The surviving world in an embrace
Like at the end of a long slow dance;
The dancers tired and leaning
On each other for support,
The musicians waiting to pack up,
The dancers clinging and closing their eyes, exhausted,
But wishing for just one more song…

Geoffrey Paul Gordon grew up in New York City and attended the Ethical Culture Schools and Columbia and New York Universities. He is an award-winning playwright and has been teaching in the Arts and Humanities since 1980.