Alone in the palace of one, with the alarm it began
Ringing and Ringing, waking from noisy dream
Task switched, coffee machine purred
One by one, got life and sound
Air for carriage, my ears for destination.
Clocks ticked, second by second
A reminder to me, be not indolent
Noise was lonely, so music joined
Bells gonged, cars honked
Over and over, added on.
Goodbye, said the sun
And went home, for fun
Leaving me in the dark
Lying alone on my bed
Listening to the last clock.
“Ah! Silence at last! How nice!”
Not did I utter, and out went the power
Air became still, Dark to darker
A slow ringing, reaching my ear
Went higher and higher, source unknown
Tossing and turning, but can’t shake off.
Lonely and terrifying
Silence became deafening
Drowning in the dark, longing for a sound
Hours passed, or minutes, not known
Until a sound reached my ears, pleasant and priceless
Stopping the sound of silence, A cricket’s chirp,
By Poornima, India