The Sound of Silence

A friend recently sent to me and others a video of those serving in the military accompanied by the Simon and Garfunkel song, “The Sound of Silence,” originally recorded by the duo in 1964. As readers of this blog know, I spent many years as a civilian operating under cover as military and supporting our troops on the battlefield with signals intelligence. I experienced the greatest love I have ever known, the bond between two men who fight side by side. So the video moved me to the core.

To me, the sound of silence is the unbearable grief one suffers when a buddy dies, as happened to me so often on the battlefield. So I offer you here the words to the song along with my tears:

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams, I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

More tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “The Sound of Silence”

  1. if you have an opportunity, listen to the version by Disturbed and let me know what you think. I prefer it over S&G….


  2. This was “my” song true. It fit with my “I” in my INTJ personality. I was very strong on the I. A battle I’ve fought much of my life.


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