Tonight’s Quadrille challenge at dVerse offered by Victoria is to write a 44 word poem including the word Sound.


whispers of wind


rustling trees


birdsong at dusk


rhythm of my footsteps

padding on the grass


frog jumps in pond


splashes in my consciousness


a ripple of thought

at the frequency of now


stillness falls over me


cloak of magic


feather light


nada brahma



In the beginning was sound, the word,  and the word was “God.” Yet we complicate the original meaning of the words – forgetting our root, deaf to the sound. Forget that the whole point of our “uni-verse” is to bring us towards the oneness.

My father said, “This sound [vibration of God] is the source of all manifestation….The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.”  Who is not listening?

Nada Brahma, Nada Brahma – all the world is sound. And anything that vibrates reacts to vibrations. [Berendt] At times we put out a signal unaware of its unique imprint and shocked when it returns to us as a harsh reflection, sometimes misunderstood by all.

Sometimes we are on different frequencies, or have static in the atmosphere hindering our communication. Yet, we feel and want for the same things – oneness, connection, fulfillment, athomeness, joy, open arms and unconditional love.

What is the answer?  What is the question? To be free to be who we are and free enough to accept others the same way, no matter what the radar bounces back? Or to keep the same frequency back and forth, back and forth – even though boredom sets in, never changing the station?

Or to be quiet, communicate only through feelings, symbols, telepathy, negating the voice that was given us for expression?

As we forge our way through the brush and rock, swamp and smooth sailing in life, we can  feel some relief knowing we are perfect in our imperfection; for true perfection is static and dead.

Each of us is a note in the sound of God, singing our own song; sometimes in unison with others, sometimes solo. Joy, anger, fear, hurt, forgiveness, love, passion and compassion, expressing all the colors we are. Let’s not deny the god that we are.

And within this symphony, cacophany of sound, there is harmony, and one song emerges between us all.  And the song is God.

© 1998, 2002, Estelle Nora Harwit Amrani

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54 thoughts on “ding!

  1. lillian says:

    a ripple of thought
    at the frequency of now

    Knowing you are a musician….and a drummer….the vibrations of life are the essence of life. Wonderful comments you’ve included here. My son once wrote an essay in third grade defining sound. He became and excellent drummer and pianist! 🙂 Sounds — another language for the soul.

  2. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Metaphysically & poetically we are brothers. You are Paul, but I’m not Peter. I was taught that a thought has no powers until the words are uttered; their vibration creates reality.

  3. Dr. Crystal Howe says:

    So true, Paul; I like that you included the notes. Parts of my doctoral dissertation in Metaphysical Science stressed that the world is sound, and we must be mindful of the sounds/vibrations we contribute to it. Great work!

  4. Jericho says:

    “padding on the grass” … This is my favorite line.

    Then this section:
    “splashes in my consciousness
    a ripple of thought
    at the frequency of now
    stillness falls over me”

  5. Bodhirose says:

    This was very haiku like, Paul, which I think made it even more meaningful. My own perception of God has become manifest more as the vibrations that everything in the universe possesses and the subsequent sound current that emanates. Really enjoyed this.

  6. ghostmmnc says:

    ‘…splashes in my consciousness…’ yes, that’s the way. So many times we tune out sounds, but suddenly we become aware. Love the thoughts of the *notes. 🙂

  7. Olga says:

    I’m happy that you expressed yourself in the extra wording that each of us is a note in the sound of ‘God’ and we choose our vibration to unite or disconnect. Your poetry ‘sounds’ unite with time and nature. ❤

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