Twyla Hansen

Song of Silence

From Prairie Suite: A Celebration. Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. 2006.

What sound could be more stirring: silence
a flawless lightning, loosening the daily rut
of despair, its seamless refrain a grace-filled refuge.

Haven’t each of us at times longed for clarity,
sought the textured path to consciousness?

Consider the leaves of grass: iron roots
sucking water and soil, blades green in sun,
unassailable, swaying, exhaling water and oxygen.

Our lives taxed, a polyrhythmic gnarl of salt and grief.
In our own warped search: we whittle, we attempt.