My name is Silence
I used to range unchallenged on this hill
keeping mankind under my surveillance.
I watched as you discovered
the wonder of the wheel
and ways to traffic goods along the rivers.
You harnessed blameless power from water mills
but we became estranged.
My name is Silence.
Once I was your day-to-day companion:
the backing to your birdsong at the daybreak
and as the night descended
I lulled you to oblivion.
When you yourself found flight, our friendship ended.
Our time-affirmed communion’s now riven
by jets that shriek the pain
of unwarranted labour.
I’m living like a startled quarry species
hounded from my native, rightful home
by planes that scoff fresh air
and shit out toxic faeces.
But once you’ve burnt your world, your lethal roar
will shrink from here and all such ruined places
and I shall be again
at liberty to roam.