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The missing conductor

May 5, 2015

The trees were filled

with twittering birds

who paid no attention to the mail truck

dutifully buzzing

house to house

along the street,

the way a bumblebee buzzes

flower to flower.

The sound of footsteps

jogged by on the sidewalk

and a plane rumbled somewhere

far overhead

as the neighborhood dogs

exchanged warnings of boundary violations.

In spite of the flurry of vibration

and a perfectly functioning set of ear drums,

she sat in silence,

unable to move

and unwilling to

pretend she could hear

the symphony.

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