If you want silence

don’t seek a quiet place.
Let trains rattle and call
dogs          howl
the freeway hum          the rain
fall
in ticks
and taps
the movie mumble
through your
bedroom floor.
It is not necessary
to close
your doors.
Just listen to the lacy din
or each sound
in turn
the way you’d notice
a cloud          or           bird
drifting,
then shift
to the blue       behind.
Fall in.
Silence lives in the shape
around sound.
To meet
your mouth’s true mother         all
she requires is a quick
dive
into background
a sliding        swim around
mind’s bobbing
words.
Once she receives you
do not wonder how
you’ve always missed
her
ever awaiting
your timeless
warm                     return.

2011

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