I plug my ears
Against the deafening silence
Of forced isolation
Trying to bar screams from listless lips.
And the discordant phrasing of muted throats.
Have I become so jaded
As to find malaise in my own company?
Need I lament a compulsory isolation
As a petulant child might an elder’s chiding?
Or shall I unplug my ears
And let in the sound of
Birdsong, trees’ breath, and pelting rain?
This sublime orchestra
Invites me to perch at my conga
And accompany these tremors
For this is the time to exalt
And rejoice in
Each palpitating rhythm.
About Laurie: The author of The Pharaoh’s Cry, Portal Shift, Kidnapped Smile, and Dragon Sky from the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles, as well as the middle-grade Forest Secrets. Laurie Woodward co-wrote Dean and JoJo: The Dolphin Legacy. Her poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies and she was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet, and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes on the Central Coast of California. More about her work can be found at artania.net