Sunday, June 17, 2018

Silence


Listening to the digestive processes at five in the morning,
and to the birds singing, and to the sound of traffic.

Are they one sound, or many?

Crows. Robins.

The flickers have been pulling up the drying moss
from the seams in the sidewalks and along the curbs by the street
to get at the ants.

Broken lines this morning.

Because everything is poetry?

But of course everything isn’t, the experts will say.
Or they will say, while stroking their imaginary beards,

Only in a sense.

This means they are wise,
and that, in all likelihood, I am not,
which is true, but not because
they say so.

With so many of us talking at once,
I wonder how there can be silence at all.
Or is silence the sum total of sound,
An infinite roar, a vessel rimmed with stars?

How quiet we are in the ground.

As if one needs an entire lifetime to learn the art,
when love is in, and out, and all around.



2 comments:

Anthony Duce said...

It does take an entire Lifetime to learn, mostly what we knew from the start☺
Enjoyed.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks. I had a great-grandfather who spent a good portion of his long life pacing and philosophizing. One of his famous recurring statements was, “The only rest is in the grave.” Great humor, considering he didn’t work much. A gentle soul, who couldn’t say no to traveling salesmen.