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Static

26th of May 2016

This world of ours is noise on noise,
A crackling static that lurches from ear to ear.

Air brakes rumbling down a country highway.
Endless political pundits yammering on and on.
A lover's quarrel escaping through thin motel walls.
The clipped conversations of channels mindlessly changed
    and the rhythmic hiss of a half-tuned bedstand radio.

Outside, the fluorescent hum of blinking hallway lights.
The electric buzz of an ice machine.
The thunk of a can of soda dropping free.

The night shift desk clerk sings a tuneless song, while
    monotonous heads mouth nonsense on the muted lobby TV.

It's not silence we fear, but the sputtering thoughts
    that gurgle upward when there's nothing left to say.

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