Silence is Best

Asking for silence,

Horace kept the muse’s flame

trimmed, the Emperor

distracted.  First Things–

Eros, Thanatos, local

wines, anonymous


their own truths splendidly. True,

Public Radio

as dusk thickens with

rain is a good thing; I’d say

silence is better.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

2 thoughts on “Silence is Best”

  1. I just came in from a good day, but with NPR on in my friend’s car and the latest on Trump, I was desperate for silence. And then your poem! A resounding ‘Yes”: Silence is better.


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