A woman cries out in suburban silence:
punch perfectly punctuating silence.
Antarctica, 1231 A.D. Listen.
Shapes moving out on the ice. Silence.
He’s calling from Europe. The conversation
circles a canyon. Who would step into that silence?
On the ocean floor, a small fish with rows of teeth
nibbles a body bound and gagged to silence.
A man and a woman first meet in the flesh.
The sex is awful; they ponder profiles in silence.
A Geiger counter clicks and chatters to itself.
Driven mad by ninety nine years. Of silence.
I’m going to stop speaking soon. My contribution
to saving an endangered species: silence.
An example of the surprisingly difficult ghazal.