Saturday, November 17, 2012

The silence that can be felt

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The Quiet of Trees

The trees listen, unmoved and all
present

as orioles and sunbirds
court and duel songs,

and jungle rooster
crows a spurring
morning alarm;

cricket choir chirps
in the undergrowth,

mother boar nose the ground
with her young ones
for fallen fruit or worms,

monkeys play-chase above
on shaky branches.

The trees listen, unmoved and all
present

as monsoon storm come
on bloated grey clouds
bringing their own
crackers and drums.

Whipping sea winds
rip through the forest,
stir, shake and push,
snapping deadwood.

                         Let fall

warm drops of rain,
and pour forth rivers!

The animals and birds
are hushed now.

The trees listen, sway and all
present.