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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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Author:

A native of the North Shore of Boston, I currently live on Long Island, New York. I worked at Boston College as the Acting Director of The Church in the 21st Century Center until August, 2010 and served until November 2016 as Canon for Formation, and Dean of the George Mercer Jr. School of Theology of the Diocese of Long Island. I am now Rector at the Church of Saint Anselm of Canterbury in Shoreham, New York.

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