Sounds of Quietness


As a day of days nears its end, I enter my home to seek solace from the world of noise.
Like a shifting wind, I notice the curtains dance against the window, in sync with the ceiling fans.

The sweet smell of dinner on the stove and my favorite soups simmers in a bowl, next to a fresh fruit and vegetable salad. I head to a bamboo laced chair on the deck, so I can relax in the breeze of the evening air.

Sitting, I stare into the deep woods behind my house to catch beautiful movements of nature.
The squirrels are retreating to rest, far up in the trees. Birds are singing, but their colors are concealed behind the blushed leaves.

A red tail fox detours around my flower bed as he heads in search of a meal. I smile with admiration as I capture an exquisite moment of nature that is surreal. A deer stands still as wildlife dances at sunset.

The distant sound of foxes barking let me know they are alert, watching the quiet shadows maneuvering slowly. Besides the foxes, it is total quietness as I sit on the deck tonight, drifting to a place I’ve never been.

Moving back inside, I turn on a dim light as the house settles for the night. Before long, there will be creeping sounds and the occasional beep of the motion sensor. Perhaps a ghost is moving about, confirming the state of peace.

In a deep sleep, I dream of the lively shrubs in the yard. I can see the bees pollinating the blossoming plants, the rabbits nibbling on the grass, and the humming bird hovering near the sprinkler for a cool sip of water.

In the quietness, much is said to me. Nature, it’s ours to respect, to treasure, and to feel the presence of eternal peace.