True Silence

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
At first it seems silent but after a while you realize it isn't at all.

Submitted: August 24, 2016

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True Silence.

 

Is there really such a thing? I was sitting outside this morning with a cat laying on top of me. Her head was under my chin and her front paws were on my shoulder.

 

At first it did seem silent but the longer I sat there the more noises I noticed. The first was a rustling of leaves as a bird searched around inside a bush for its breakfast. Then it began chirruping. I became aware of other birds moving through the leaves on different trees, in other bushes. There were so many different trills, chirps and bird calls.

 

There is a beating of wings up in the sky and a crow lands near the top of a pine tree. It caws, flaps it’s wings, caws some more. As it takes to the air again there is more beating of wings, getting louder as it flies overhead then fading into the distance.

 

The pigeons start their cooing. One begins, then shortly after another answers from a different direction. Their backwards and forwards conversation goes on for quite some time.

 

A magpie lands and starts to scan the yard for anything that looks promising. The bird gets nearer. I can hear the tap, tap, tap of its footsteps before it decides there is nothing around worthy of its interest and flies away again.

 

But it’s not just the birds. The longer I sit there the more sounds I notice. From a neighbouring farm there is the whir and clank of machinery, the mooing of cows, laughter and tears from the young children that live there. Odd words are shouted, engines rev and a couple of dogs start barking at each other.

 

The occasional car drives up or down the hill at the bottom of the driveway. Traffic is regularly moving along the main road half a mile away. Car or truck, fast or slow – once you notice the sound it is easy to tell.

 

And then, much nearer, is the soft purr of the cat. Her gentle breathing sounds in my ear as she sleeps, quickening during a dream.

 

It may be quiet out here but it is really a long way from being truly silent.


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