Here is a wonderful verse or spoken grace written by Hugh during our October 2019 Living with Stillness Retreat, reflecting not only on the silence but also the beautiful meals we shared both silent and spoken.
The Feast of Silence
Fancy a morsel?
If you’re peckish
Try a bite of stillness.
There, how was that?
Just a precious moment
A silent bite –
Or maybe you’ve not eaten for a while
So, a Sharing Platter!
Enough silence for all
But remember please
Give a little peace to your neighbour.
Now, perhaps you are still hungry?
Here comes the main course –
A whole bowl of stillness, with side dishes
Crafted careful by each one of us, with our thoughts;
Warm, sour, dry, bitter, cold, sweet, hot
Some may be too spicy for our liking
But now mix together these wordless bowls
And eat your fill! Leave in your mind no words
Fill your heart and soul with care
There! The Feast of Silence.