Portraits of silence

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[Close up in the arb. Lichen?]

April 11 2017

Portraits of silence

I.

Be quiet. Sit still.
Don’t make a fuss.
Keep your hands to yourself.
Follow along.

II.

Quiet now. Sit still.
Breathe deeply in
and out and feel the breath
rush through your limbs.

III.

Listen hard, quiet your eyes,
Withhold judgement,
extend faith. Offer your hands
in communion.

IV.

Simmer and steam,
put the lid on the pot and hold
on to your soul. Haul in the flags and fury
and wait another day.

V.

Raise your eyebrows. Wait out
the bubble and noise of crowds.
Don’t make a fuss; hold your hands high
and speak on it.

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