Alicia Elsbeth Stallings

(1968 / Georgia / United States)

Extinction Of Silence - Poem by Alicia Elsbeth Stallings

That it was shy when alive goes without saying.
We know it vanished at the sound of voices

Or footsteps. It took wing at the slightest noises,
Though it could be approached by someone praying.

We have no recordings of it, though of course
In the basement of the Museum, we have some stuffed

Moth-eaten specimens—the Lesser Ruffed
And Yellow Spotted—filed in narrow drawers.

But its song is lost. If it was related to
A species of Quiet, or of another feather,

No researcher can know. Not even whether
A breeding pair still nests deep in the bayou,

Where legend has it some once common bird
Decades ago was first not seen, not heard.


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  • Smoky HossSmoky Hoss (4/14/2015 5:43:00 PM)

    A wonder of words, quite quiet, in its own fashion. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 8, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, September 8, 2014


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