The Sound of Silence


A poem by Zarmala Naeem exploring the effects of depression and social anxiety.


The Sound of Silence.


Knock. Knock. Knock.

The silence knocks on my door.

I open to see who it is

But there is no one.


Thump. Thump. Thump.

Someone is walking about

Without leaving footsteps

In the middle of the night.


Rattle. Rattle. Rattle.

The bars on my ribcage rattle

Though I am not moving them.


Drip. Drip. Drip.

The tap of blood is on.

I am raining now.


Bang! Bang! Bang!

I am seized with terror

Though I don’t know what I’m frightened of.



Only silence now.

I know.


Zarmala is a second year Psychology student who enjoys writing poetry and is currently writing a novel in her spare time. Her poem was written while she was in her room in Durham, feeling frightened of the sounds of other people outside. Having suffered from depression and social anxiety for most of her life, this poem was a way of connecting with others just beyond her reach.


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