“Silenced Symphonies” is a poem written and performed by Kendra Leigh D. Osias. It won 2nd Place at the 2020 Sri Aman Environmental & English Youth Leadership Summit (SAEYLS) Poetry Competition. The piece carries a powerful message, one that is especially relevant with the theme of Earth Day 2021, Restore Our Earth.
SILENCED SYMPHONIES Kendra Leigh D. Osias The wind howls on a cold, bleak night as another falls to nature’s plight, I can’t help but vividly recall the brighter times when she was kinder, simpler, not filled with senseless anger. She crafted her pitch-perfect melody for all life on earth – from the wide melodic range of the strongest tree unrelenting in the breeze, to the narrow range of the smallest flower swaying as it please. She sang her song gently like that of a desperate, hopelessly romantic lover's, strumming her guitar softly beneath the soft, morning sun, offering her affection, hoping to capture the heart of another. She hummed a hypnotic lullaby like that of a mother's, soothing and rocking to deep slumber her precious children beneath the warm glow of the moon, giving them maternal protection in a serene, peaceful tune. Now, all we can hear are her roars, Thundering and deafening our ears. We only listen to the verses that leave us shuddering in fear. We took for granted those soft, calming ones that are slowly beginning to disappear. We have neglected her songs for so long, we took advantage of her melodies when all she wished was to bring us peace. Do we even notice that her songs are vanishing, fading into nothingness?