The silence is deafening

The humming of the cooling machine

Cacophonous and humdrum

There was another noise

Talking to silence

Just a while ago

There were voices here

Just this afternoon

There was laughter here

Just this morning

There is this long

Narrow road

Of silence

A valley of longing

There is light

No doubt

At the end of this road

But I must tread

One step at a time

Killing each moment

Of silence at a time

Another machine revs up

With pictures and voices

Talking to me

But they have no ears

There is noise around

It’s my silence

That is deafening…

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