Country Silence

BubblePondAcadia

Early morning silence in the country is startling.

By comparison to city or suburb it first seems complete, all-embracing, triumphant.

But listen!

Country silence is full of sound

Bird songs of all variety

A jet engine miles above

A rustling branch in a warming breeze

A fish breaks the plane of the pond’s surface and leaps into the air, returning to the deep with a satisfying splash.

The sounds enrich the silence; they occur against its background, and both sound and silence reveal one another as more than either might be alone.

As if they could be alone.

(7/25/16)

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