I can’t compete
with the noise of this place
so let me whisper.
quietly my dear.
Can you hear
the sound
of Silence?

It’s our last shelter:
a final refuge
for these minds
flooded with trouble,
too full to think,
too weak to will.

stay with me here.
Let us not speak.
It has all been said.
Let’s make space
for the gravity
of Silence.

-by Eva Hermogenes, copyright 2015

Vendor in Tongle Sap Lake floating village near Siem Reap, in Cambodia. Photo by author, December 2016.