For a brief interlude, I could detect nothing audible. No whirling of the refrigerator, no distant whooshing of passing cars, no song chatter of birds. It was as if all the world had tipped over a precipice and was free-falling amid the din of there being nothing left to do but let go.
It was a rare and fragile moment I was only half prepared to savor.
Mostly I was caught off guard,
wondering what had suddenly changed.
When I realized I was cradled in the absence of sound,
I took one breath and it was over,
my ears and heart re-attuned,
so as to be ready in case it happened again.