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the noisy times, have gone

Author: Annie
Year: Future

there’s a stress with constant sound

it’s harsh

it smacks

of busyness

of bitterness

you want to return to normal

there are lots of things normal

that are not


what was normal wasn’t good

your system of values was deafening

even now

this silence

is not real

perfect silence

is full

of clarity and bird song

capture what you have gained

how will you hang on

to the precious things?


you have time to hear

you have time to think

from the inside


Annie, Aberdeen ESOL group

From borrowed words from the Zoom session, written in the time of the pandemic