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Morning Voices

Recorded for Poem-a-Day, November 24, 2017
About this Poem 
“The loved ones we lose to time—family, friends, mentors, students, neighbors, lovers—remain with us in our thoughts, a part of the fabric of our selves. ‘Morning Voices’ is a poem of mourning and morning, of mourning for those lost to us in the flesh of their being, of awakening to the way they remain with us nonetheless, in the weave of who we are, speaking to us at the start of another gifted, noisy morning.”
—Ed Falco
 

Morning Voices

This morning’s raucous quiet: din of a lawnmower
     Pulse-like swell of cicadas chattering in the brush
           Trucks grumbling along a nearby highway.
 
Under a sea of high thin clouds, a sheer ocean of sky
     The dead are islands: an archipelago
          Of mute echoes, of resonant silence
 
Their voices still within this gorgeous commotion—
     Crow call, water burbling, wind rough in trees—
          In a weed’s play, against skin, in the heart’s vibrations.
 
Under the racket of this day’s distractions
     Under the birds’ clamorous singing
          Under lapping waves of noise
 
Their stopped tongues their stilled voices speaking.
 

Copyright © 2017 by Ed Falco. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 24, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2017 by Ed Falco. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 24, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.