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The Weight of Silence – by Laurie Kuntz

Posted on Jun 17, 2017 by in June 2017 | 1 comment

The night is noisy,
not with motors,
but with a thunderclap
of  frog croaks,  and a rude wind, 
if i turn a corner, the surf sounds, 
if i leave my solitude, 
motors, motors everywhere, 
even past the dusky light. 

One night, i brought my son to the veranda 
and asked him in- between the bark of dogs, 
and the clash of katydids and crickets
where is pure silence–
the sound of no sound?

He turned the moment
to  physics, vacuums, and deep space
but my thoughts could not hold his instructive voice, 
wanting so much to escape the noise of facts,
until he said: 

When we stand in quietude
eventually,  a heart beat will be heard, 
and that I could understand.

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  1. Laurie Kuntz is an award-winning poet and film producer. She taught creative writing and poetry in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Recently retired, she lives in an endless summer state of mind.