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  • Writer's pictureAlice Wyatt

Sound of Silence



relations 

flock south

settle in mass 

for a birthday celebration


life on hold

emails unread

appointments skipped

cell phones silenced


raucous:

each moment filled with

sound, stories

debating details, dates,

long-forgotten


ravenous:

eating, eating, eating

pancakes, eggs by the dozen

biscuits and gravy, CAKE

three squares a day swell our bellies


we travel south

White Sands National Park

La Palomas, Mexico

massive dunes, a massive wall


we travel east

fluorite, petrified wood, arrowheads

treasures searched for, 

discovered, carried home, sorted


we shop local

postcards, books, rocks

$8 movie + popcorn + red vines

churros, green chile cheeseburger, red beer





they leave today

alarms set, coffee drips

cats confused by pre-dawn activity

weave between legs


suitcases loaded, hugs all around

car doors slam, gravel crunches 

as red tail lights wink goodbye 

headed north


returning to still-warm blankets

we shed tears, fall back

asleep, lulled by, saddened by,

the sound of silence

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