On Silence

 

On Silence:

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.

 

Historical:

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.

 

Personal:

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.

 

On Silence:

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.

 

 

 

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