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Sequential sparks needed to string thoughts into words March 20, 2007

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Poetry.

October 28, 2005

I have heard the fuzzy slippers, tee shirt and sweat pants in your voice.
Although you weren’t necessarily sleepy, you didn’t seem to be fully aware.
And I am never sure if it is the coffee or conversation that gives you that push
creating the sequential sparks needed to string thoughts into words.
It doesn’t matter when it’s your voice, that auditory representation of you, coming through this hard black plastic receiver that causes it to transform from tiresome nuisance to a welcomed respite.

Simply hearing that sound arouses memories and you are suddenly sitting at the table with me instead of some remote, small cluttered room where you ply your trade.
All of your writing, your travel, your perspective on our life cycle, all of it is transmitted along gray fiber lines over hundreds of miles to reach me.
And there was a time when I didn’t understand how people could say, “You don’t have to do anything, just be there.” Now it has been revealed and it’s not unlike any other revelation, fresh meaning for me of universal truth handed down through generations.

I have heard a tree falling in a forest when no one is there, and you have, too, every time we remember the sound of a voice. The sound is not from the bark of the cracking tree, the heaviness of the descending wood cutting through air, or its abrupt impact on the hard earth, it is from our imagination, the gift of our recollection, our ability to free ourselves from the earthly bonds we have chosen. It is a sound stored in the brain and called forth by the heart at the moment it is needed. And it may be words of quiet confidence, crass humor or serious admonishing, but it doesn’t matter when it’s your voice.



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