An absence of something.
An absence of sound.
An absence of motion causing sound.
Charlie Chaplin on the screen.
Marcel Marceau standing on the stage.
A presence with no sound.
A presence of no sound.
I was transiting through St Louis airport. On the TV screens was the announcement of O J Simpson’s acquittal. Everyone looked at each other. No-one knew what to say. No-one knew what they should say. No-one knew what they could say. People just looked at each other in silence.
I am having a conversation with someone. It is a good conversation and I feel we are both engaged. I say something and there is no response. Just silence. Is it something I said? Is it something I should not have said? Is it something I should have said? It is the time when the relationship changes. The silence marks the point between the old relationship and a new relationship.
The space between noise and more noise.
The time between the tick and the tock of the clock.
The time of anticipation between what was and what will be.