The house sparrows felt at home in the noise and din of another day Chirping, chirruping, chattering, tweeting all they had to say Banter was their birth-right, they made their presence known Quarrel by name and nature, seeds of gossip daily sewn But one young sparrow merely listened, to the chatter of all the rest He did not squeak or squawk or squeal, silence suited him the best In quiet contemplation, he sat amongst the crowd Feeling the hum of their vibration, the ebb and flow of quiet to loud The other sparrows had given up, on invitations to converse Spending days in quiet stillness? They could imagine nothing worse But they humoured the young sparrow, a topic of gossip amongst the flock As they bickered and bantered, swarmed and chanted, squabbled and occasionally mocked But the young sparrow stayed true to his purpose, staying silent amongst the song Until the day he sensed a vibration with the frequency of something wrong From his beak there came a sound so loud the sparrows nearly fell from the tree The noise carried one command: it told the flock to flee Just in time they scattered as a diving hawk came into view When all had fled to safety, they asked the quiet one how he knew Of the sparrowhawk's approach and the impending disaster that loomed that day But the silent sparrow said nothing, just sat and listened, as was his way.
I sometimes wish I could listen as much as the silent sparrow, but I’m a bit of a chatterer, especially when I’m talking about writing, or reading, or meditation, or music…anything really. I just have so much to say! I’m heading on a silent meditation course in a couple of months though: ten days with no talking, writing or reading. That should give me some insight into the world of the silent sparrow.