of what use words ?

I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea, 
And the silence of the city when it pauses, 
And the silence of a man and a maid, 
And the silence for which music alone finds the word, 
And the silence of the woods before the winds of spring begin, 
And the silence of the sick 
When their eyes roam about the room. 
And I ask: For the depths 
Of what use is language? .

Edgar Lee Masters: [from his poem] Silence

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