Wednesday, February 27, 2013

after the tone, listen


~ Hans Ostrom

The League of Quiet Persons meets
monthly. Its quarters are a cavernous
warehouse away from traffic. Its
business is not to discuss business.
Minutes are read silently and tacitly approved.
Members listen to rain argue with corrugated
iron, a furnace with itself. Glances
are learnéd. It is not so much refuge
from noise the members seek in such company
as implicit permission not to speak,
not to answer or to answer for,
not to pose, chat, persuade, or expound.

Podium and gravel have been banned,
indeed are viewed as weaponry.
A microphone? The horror.
Several Quiet Persons interviewed
had no comment. A recorded voice
at the main office murmured only, “You
have reached the League of Quiet
Persons. After the tone, listen.”

A really intense need for quiet today, for meditation. The noise of the world can be overwhelming.

So. Some quiet photos. Some February colour. Shocking how much colour there is still left out there.


  1. Thank you so much for the poem "Mum's the Word." It seemed especially apt for me, as I have recently read Susan Cain's marvelous book - Quiet. Silence comforts me, often. In silence, I took pleasure in your beautiful photos.


  2. Shhhhhhhh.....
    (thank you)

  3. I laughed out loud at that poem. What a gem. Yes, how beautiful the winter colours are. Not just listening, but looking.


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