Rino Rossi ~ silence

Rino Rossi ~ silence

You inhabit a district delineated for wobble-headed men and blue- haired
women. Outside your window snow shimmers; a suet feeder hangs
from a birch
waiting for a woodpecker; your darkened room’s a liquid compass whose needle
you ride in your dreams as in your wakeful hours. No word intrudes.

We’re so far from our beginnings—yours in Ohio, mine in you—exiled
from rivalries, resentments, your deforming disappointments.
So easy now my hand stroking yours, simple affection
carved from the side of the hulk that survived the storms.

Could you have found me easier to love if I’d been less suspicious
of happiness? I envied you your easy crawl out to the buoy and back,
learned the legend of you that ended as I began. Our lives are so much
less than what we make of them, or the reverse, your kicking

toward weightlessness delivering you to granite carved with your name.

—Eruv by Rebecca Okrent

In A Landscape by John Cage (1948)

And here is the first video I was going to post to go with Rino’s “silence,” John Cage’s infamous piece, “4’33” for piano.” Be sure to watch the whole thing!