Why Sound Is

Just stop. For just this once, just stop. Let me
be the one that’s deaf to the sweating animal.
Let me be the barrel of monkeys, the balancing seal.
Let me walk to the bathroom for you.
I hold your hand, even when it shakes so.
Let me drown now for you too
—those limpid waters—a final marriage
we never made, too old for such a noticing.

Let me see your fear as you climb the stairs,
as if we did meet sixty, seventy years ago,
and did climb mountains together. Let me
be the kids we never had, never helped to
grow up. We can’t even see those mountains,
much less sit at the top of them. We can’t even sink in
the same river. We can’t breathe the same air.
Let me be you together.
Zip the zipper on your fly.

I can give you many years.

Published by extrasimile

define: extra: excess, more than is needed, required or desired; something additional of the same kind. define: simile: a simile is a type of figurative language, language that does not mean exactly what it says, that makes a comparison between two otherwise unalike objects or ideas by connecting them with the words “like” or “as.” The reader can see a similar connection with the verbs resemble, compare and liken. Similes allow an author to emphasize a certain characteristic of an object by comparing that object to an unrelated object that is an example of that characteristic. define: extra: an minor actor in a crowd scene

2 thoughts on “Why Sound Is

  1. “Let me see your fear as you climb the stairs,
    as if we did meet sixty, seventy years ago,
    and did climb mountains together.”

    there’s such intimacy in this piece that it amazes me. a personal, a poignant piece. really made me think. thank you (:

    xx

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