Sailing on Words


Sailing on Words

Silence Years

Silence Years

by Pierre Sotér​​

Silence Years and other sonnets is the sixth book in a series of poetry by Pierre Sotér, which CARRACK Books is publishing regularly.

Silence Years is an invitation for a trip into the far side of our understanding of space and time. Through this book one should be prepared to reach the parts of the universe where light has not arrived yet. At the speed of silence. Silence years away.

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Are stars tiny things left to shine through emptiness
or the entry of space tunnels – illuminated?
And are they part of the chaotic steadiness
that will never stop until all is separated?
Are emotions sparks gone astray in thoughtlessness?
Something concrete in some unseen reality?
What if they are a part of the unknown process
that started life, though not so well – sufficiently?
What are we supposed to do on this spinning ball
that may keep us wandering for a few billion years?
And what high forces will our descendants call
when Time will come to claim their small unsalted tears?

As it looks now, it’s still early for any fears.
The problem is: an instant is a billion years.

Silence and a full moon are perfect mates:
the moon twinkles and silences infest
starry skies in effulgent playing states,
hanging in the spheres of Almagest.
Lions rule at land; Pisces the mighty seas;
an Eagle flies high over Aquarius
while the seven sisters, the Pleiades,
covet the Teapot of Sagittarius.
And souls dance to the heavens’ symphonies,
and bold minds travel through the epicycles,
and madness creates divine dynasties
while new men dream of superb cosmic titles.

But I will enjoy looking at the Moon
when it’s silent and clad in silver: soon.


Pierre Sotér

Pierre Sotér’s favourite form of poetry is the sonnet. In this book series, selected sonnets are published regularly in thematic books, ranging from our emotional inner world to philosophical reflections and satire.

Pierre Sotér is a civil engineer (Ph.D.) who was born in Lisbon and lived in Copenhagen for a large part of his professional life. A lover of poetry from an early age, he is now wholly dedicated to his former passion. Pierre Sotér writes in Portuguese and English.

Together with Viktor Tegner, Pierre Sotér founded CARRACK books, an imprint of TEGNER Publishing Lda., with the primary objective of publishing poetry and art books.