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Finding the Silence

It's the cold silence that catches my attention most. A negative sound that brings your consciousness to the forefront, rather than a sudden shrill echo or an explosion of noise. It's strange isn't it, how nothing can rap you on the side of the head and say, "Wake up! Something is strange here..." I mean after all, we live in a world where we are constantly bombarded by sounds:  advertisements, city noise (horns, sirens, yelling, trains and trams, whistles, etc). It's when that noise is suddenly gone on a cold winter night, that it becomes truly captivating. The first thing that comes to my mind is, "What is wrong?" But, in truth, nothing is wrong. It is simply the sound of the day winding down. I just simply stopped to listen. I hadn't done that in a long time, really just stopped. I found a sort of peace in that moment, a sort of relaxing existence that was somehow separate from me, a notion of seeing myself from the outside. It was almost majestic... and then a siren sounded in the distance and I popped back into myself. My moment was gone, already beginning to disappear, so I hurried inside and began to take notes, and I find myself here, in front of my laptop, related the moment to you in hopes that a single moment can be captured by someone else as well. Good luck in searching for your moment of silence.

Jacob Donley


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