The air asks the wind about the silence
and the wind scours the mountain
for a reply
but the mountain looks down
on the departing river
the river that carries the stone
to the fading sea’s edge
the stone does not speak
of the weight that it carries.
Silence likes you to ask it questions
because it knows there is no reply.
The child asks the teacher
What is silence?
When no one speaks the teacher says
but the child does not believe her.