Silence: Slice of Life 22/31 #sol16

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It feels like we are the only people in the valley. It feels like we are the only people in the world.

It’s the quality of sound that surprises me most.

Just stand here and be quiet for a moment, our guide tells us. Listen. What do you hear?

Nothing, my son says.

But the stillness has a sound. A presence.

It’s more than the individual sounds.

The scream of the hawk. The wind in the pines. The song of the meadowlark.

And then a noise I can’t place. A vibration. A pounding.

Our guide points across the river to the herd of wild mustangs. They gallop across the plains, dust flying under their hooves, then race single file into a draw.

We stand in silence, awed.

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16 thoughts on “Silence: Slice of Life 22/31 #sol16

  1. Beautiful description. I like how you wrote “the stillness has a sound.” It really does, doesn’t it? When I’ve been in wilderness places, I always feel like the stillness is loud.

  2. I love where we live and are able to appreciate the silences, the open skies, and the stars at night! My kids always comment when they come home how bright the stars are, and how we can enjoy the stillness!

  3. I love to be able to listen to the silence of nature and then hear it. What a great experience for your son. And then, in the quiet, there is the rumble of the horses galloping showing off their beauty. Ahhhhhh

  4. “Our guide points across the river to the herd of wild mustangs. They gallop across the plains, dust flying under their hooves, then race single file into a draw.

    We stand in silence, awed.”

    I love the juxtaposition of the wild mustangs racing with hooves pounding and you, your son, and the guide standing in silence. Wonderful slice!

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