Silence is a Deadly Sound

Silence is a deadly sound,
The boy at play with what he found.
Full attention on his prize,
Something new to feast his eyes.

The mother in the other room,
Distracted by some gloom and doom,
A TV drama that means so much,
She leaves the child so out of touch.

No distraction could be heard,
When pills went down first, second, third.
The boy slides down upon the floor,
His breathing silenced forever more.

Later when the show is done,
The mother looks to find her son,
She calls and calls his name out loud,
Now frantic ’cause he can’t be found.

And then upon discovery,
She melts to floor in misery,
The sobs and wails are long and loud,
Dead son of which she was so proud.

So mind your children carefully,
Their safety must be primary,
A show, a book, a telephone call,
Are not important. Not at all.


on September 4, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
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12 thoughts on “Silence is a Deadly Sound

  1. This is a skilfully crafted poem of caution, and as it should be chilling!
    My youngest grandson (nearly 3) has to be watched; as his Dad says ‘He has the very worst of ideas’, and given half a chance he will carry them out!

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    1. Thanks for your compliment. It was definitely meant to be dark and chilling. We have an obligation to protect our children and grandchildren. The child proof caps on medicine bottles were a great invention. They have probably saved hundreds of innocent lives.

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  2. Are you going to submit it for publication, perhaps to a family or parenting oriented magazine? I’ve been urged to do that with one of my poems, but never followed up on it. This could be good exposure for your writing talents to a much wider audience. 🙂

    Most of my “spontaneous” poetry or stories resulted from some sort of “triggering” event, or something I saw or read, but others just turn up in the morning. As a friend so eloquently said in a post:

    “… Many artists find their Muses . . .
    perched most visibly . . .
    in that hazy yet intense little strip of borderland . . .
    between dream-in-progress . . .
    and eyes-wide-open.”
    ( Complete post in this thread: )

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    1. I think my talent is growing in fits and starts. When inspiration strikes while in front of the computer, I capture it and put it on my blog. Otherwise, I just let it go to brew in my subconscious to, perhaps, surface on another day. I wasn’t thinking of submitting this to anyone but perhaps I should. If I write enough verse over the next year or two, I might just put them together in an eBook on Amazon. That is not terribly expensive. What do you think?


      1. Well, as I said, try submitting it to one or more appropriate magazines or newsletters, and see what happens. More exposure for a writer is always a good thing, and could lead to other opportunities. There seem to be so few actually GOOD writers available, and there is still a huge need for fresh, new material.

        I’ve had a couple projects in mind for awhile now, but haven’t managed to get past my inherent procrastination to move them forward. I have a few pieces already done that might even find a home in the right venue, or could be the beginnings of much larger stories. I was thinking just this morning that I might put them together as a compilation of shorts, but I doubt that there would be a market for an unknown such as myself.

        I received a great response from a friend at the sportsman’s club for my “LOL Garden Club” short. Linda was a retired columnist from the Detroit News and former President of the local garden club, as well as one of our regular pistol event competitors. Another writer (and her friends) saying I should submit articles for publication! Unfortunately, the one that I did submit, and have received accolades for, was for her memorial last August in the club newsletter. 😦

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