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Silence (Written near Monterey Bay)
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Ritchoe Lovejoy at the scen of a boat wreck on the Monterey coast, circa 1948.

We felt proud of our youth, I remember,
As though it were something we had given ourselves,
We sat on the rock over the cove, I remember,
And listened to the silence together.
It was long ago, but seems only yesterday.
Peace in the trees; over the water:
And even the birds became voiceless.
Only the waves lapping, and they like silence.

Ritchie Lovejoy  

Ritchie Lovejoy was the close friend of John Steinbeck and his first wife, Carol. Lovejoy and his wife Natalya (Tal) were part of the group that regularly assembled at Ed Ricketts' lab. Steinbeck wanted to assist Lovejoy's career as a writer, though he also had significant talents as an illustrator. The text and permission to print this poem were given to the Steinbeck Review by his son, John Lovejoy.

Copyright © 2007 by San José State University Press
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Ritchie Lovejoy. "Silence (Written near Monterey Bay)." Steinbeck Review 4.2 (2007): 96-97. Project MUSE. Web. 24 Jan. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Lovejoy, R.(2007). Silence (Written near Monterey Bay). Steinbeck Review 4(2), 96-97. The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies. Retrieved January 24, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Ritchie Lovejoy. "Silence (Written near Monterey Bay)." Steinbeck Review 4, no. 2 (2007): 96-97. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 24, 2013).
T1 - Silence (Written near Monterey Bay)
A1 - Ritchie Lovejoy
JF - Steinbeck Review
VL - 4
IS - 2
SP - 96
EP - 97
PY - 2007
PB - The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies
SN - 1938-6214
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/steinbeck_review/v004/4.2.lovejoy.html
N1 - Volume 4, Number 2, Fall 2007
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