sound without location – 20th poem on 20th day

Here is the 20th poem on the 20th day!  About hearing and not. 

 

Sound without location                 Max Wolf Valerio

 

floating

and falling

to earth

rolling toward

silence

 

two halves

listening at the same time

 

“Siamese Twins” I thought I heard  —

speaking to me from two sources at the same time

conjoined by flesh and spirit

yet somehow victorious and self-contained 

 

without two ears hearing

one cannot detect the direction where sound

originates

the speaker’s location

is cloaked in a thick cloth 

 

or the voice is detached

                     and floats

around a room confused by its proximity

to two places and  then to

nowhere

 

If balance was still an issue I could not so easily defy gravity  —

listening at the perimeters

stalking the location of the speaker by hooking a fetish object into my skull

 

possibly the boomerang, a relic and a ritual object

I played with in dreams

is haunting me now as summer

escalates

 

the precise location is a swaddling echo

exponential to impulse

 

slipping from expectations

 

oblique and then         folding into a series of prayers

becoming known only through its absence

 

that first time     I remember dialing

              the speaker        to see —

         I heard a soft alien chatter    unknowable and acutely distant     

 

and so it appears that speech cannot be always processed once you have lost the ability to locate the origin of a sound

 

and sound is inscrutable without location, smearing

across every certainty and leaving you

wanting

 

                                                      it was such a long time ago

 

by Max Wolf Valerio (c) April 20, 2012

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