Losing Track of What Silence is

mincing garlic scapes

While I listen to Gordon Hempton talk about the importance of silence,
I mince garlic scapes
and the washing machine runs in the background.

Chop-chop-chop-chop on the cutting board.
Whir-whir-whir-whir of the washer.

I turn Hempton up to make sure I don’t miss what he’s saying.
Ever the good student.

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Gordon Hempton, The One Square Inch of Silence Foundation

Gordon Hempton, The One Square Inch of Silence Foundation

Krista Tippett’s interview with acoustical ecologist Gordon Hempton is one of the recommended resources for the “Mindfulness in Place” workshop currently offered by T.S. Poetry.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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4 Responses to Losing Track of What Silence is

  1. I got to the point in that podcast where it was just TOO MUCH TALK and I had to shut it off.

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  2. Susan says:

    That’s hilarious, Marilyn. I love your ability to extract the irony out of this scenario – and so gently, so subtly. What a perfectly, beyond perfect example of “show, don’t tell”. I love this little piece. Thank you for sharing it and brightening my Saturday morning. 🙂 ❤

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