The Sound of Silence
The absence of sound is not silence.
Inside the perfect vacuum of a tightly sealed room,
one can still perceive a slight high-pitched ringing.
Within the hush of a monastery,
the monk must tame the relentless chatter
heard only in the mind’s ear.
The family pet will respond to a dog whistle,
though its shriek passes through human senses undetected.
Everything in the universe emits a frequency,
regardless of one’s ability to be aware.
But what of the acoustics of emotion,
the vibrations of sentiments and desires?
As I place a palm over my heart and ponder
the message it sends out on invisible waves,
a deaf woman long-buried in a nearby cemetery
twists in her tomb —
just enough to free her arm, lift a bony hand,
and sign the word desolation.
April 18th, 2016