Monday, May 18, 2015

Julia Randolph-Flagg Reads Original Poetry Tonight

Tonight, May 18th, is the awards ceremony for the 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Awards given for original poems that support the mission of the International Peace Poem Project. The ceremony takes place from 6:00 –7:30 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihu'e. Julia Randolph-Flagg '17, has been asked by the organization to read her winning poem. See below:

In Silence

Silence is so foreign sometimes I wonder
Julia, reading one of her poems at Friday's "Eye on Art"
if there is such a thing.
The word itself
is open to an infinite number of interpretations.
But I hear the silence
when the whirring of my brain grinds to a stop,
when the background buzzing dissipates into nothingness.
Why has silence become uncomfortable?

They say that silence will drive you crazy.
Within the quietest room of negative nine decibels,
the average person stays sane for just 30 minutes
before the brain starts attacking itself.
Perhaps noise is just a distraction.
What makes us wrap ourselves in the cloak of noise?

I remember my English teacher
pushing me to analyze
an image of a lone man in the barren desert.
As she bustled to the front of the room
and asked us to give our interpretations:
My classmates chorused “lonely”
as I whispered “peaceful.”