For even one moment the birds stopped cackling
The bugs went to sleep
The dogs all sat and listened
The silence of an empty mind
The echo of a soul gone sad
It passed through windswept streets
snow blown against warm panes
People in chairs and couches huddled close to crackling ﬁres
The void of an empty body pressed ﬁrmly at every door
The doors stayed shut, the wood peeled and froze.
Bubbles of laughter, sighs of pleasure, moments of blissful splendor
All seemed hidden behind a wall, a broken clock without hands
The world went quiet, cars unmoved on avenues and alleys
Children stood and waited
until the Earth moved again.