Silence Settles Over Me

After the last creak 

from the cooling

of our home’s wooden 

beams, after the cello’s 

last note —the deep 

vibrato lingering 

and then fading as I 

metaphorically lift 

the needle before 

another opus begins —

after we have kissed

and said our goodnights, 

I take in and let out

a long breath, releasing 

the day as best I can, 

allowing silence 

to settle over me, 

the darkness holds

us in a heady fog, 

and, like two old friends, 

silence and I begin 

the long night watch. 

—C.L. Fisher, January 2021

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