Yesterday was World Listening Day. This is some of what I heard:

*water bubbling over rocks
*squirrels chittering in the trees
*a red-tailed hawk crying out warning
*dog snoring, sleeping in sun
*wind through leaves of tree
*neighbor kids, playing soccer
*chipmunk scrambling along fence
*pedals, chain of passing bicyclist
*booted feet on dirt path
*fountain at park, gurgling
*distant train whistle



And all the silences between

the asterisks,

the negative noise space

screeching with deep gravity

like a train engaging the


and 'no-sound' arising,


(Apparently, the sound of no-sound is an increasingly rare commodity these days (

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