Deafening silence

Engulfs the house

Like a choking cloud of noxious gas

Seeping into every crevice

Of my emotions

The only interruptions

A ticking clock on the wall

Keeping time like a heartbeat

Slow, deliberate time

And fingers hitting a keyboard

The occasional passing car

Or the old house groaning

At the breath of a cold winter day

Otherwise silence

Deafening silence

It conjures up every thought

Every worry

Every memory

Every regret

Where did all the sounds go?

The sounds of laughter and joy

Of celebration and play

Of family and friends

Of food and drink

Of Thanksgiving

Gone overnight

Swept away

As if by the whisk of a broom

Into the dustpan of life’s memories

Now, nothing but silence

Deafening silence

Does your home seem deafeningly quiet after a long holiday weekend spent with family and friends or are you happy for the reprieve?


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11 responses to “Silence

  1. Cheryl

    Wow! That is so timely and very well written. Lovely. I enjoy the quiet… the calm after the storm, so to speak.

  2. yes, I’ve felt that silence after guests have left. After having them around for a few days you get used to a different rythym of life, then, returning to your own normal rythym suddenly seems vacant and abnormal. “swept away into the dustpan of lifes memories” as you say.

  3. I have to say, this year was amazingly drama-free — making it was one of the best Thanksgivings ever. It was definitely hard to go to work today. Beautiful stuff, Cowboy.

  4. I think I have felt that way in the past when I put so much effort into the day, but now that I have several writing projects going on at once, I look forward to getting back to work!

  5. Silence – the joy of silence – four kids means not nearly enough silence.

    Loved it.

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