Always pleased to have a poem up at Silver Birch Press.
The Wind No Longer Whispers
After William Stafford
by Carol A. Stephen
The long howl of an ancient wolf envelops sound,
as its final exhale sends a chill rebounding from the moon.
Every bird goes silent,
every church bell, every choir.
Each newborn baby, born mouth open
in a silent mourn.
Rivers run voiceless over rocks, no longer
chortle along their etched route among the stones
of the ages. New hatchlings, mouthing a call for food,
shatter no silences. The wind no longer whispers
among shivering leaves. The world, without its voice,
sheds tears. No one hears a sound.
The earth begins to tremble, summoning the grass.
She prays to the sky to send its morning moisture,
to bathe her flowers once more in gentle rain.
The clouds, gathered above, begin softly to weep.
Below, there is a stirring. Below, at last, all
the voiceless things begin to sing in…
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