Writing Wednesday. – Silence


There was nothing golden about the silence

all around me.

You could say it was deafening.

I sat beside the phone waiting.

They said to stay near the phone.

They would call.

Call if there was anything to say.

I had a lot to say.

No one to say it to.

So I sat, and around me


Not a wrong number.

Not a knock on the door.

No TV no music

for fear of not hearing the phone.

It was three hours of torture

Waiting, thinking the worst

Wondering why, where, when?

Then a tinkle, a single ring

The silence shattered

Startled I sat up

Looked at the phone

Inside was dread,

What if? What if?

I was used to the silence

This rude intrusion troubled me

I hesitated, unsure,

I wanted the silence back

At least in my head

The world was contained

I had some control

Now I suspected chaos

I reached down silenced the ring,

Spoke the fearsome words



Written for: https://angietrafford.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/writing-wednesday-8-february-2017/




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13 Responses to Writing Wednesday. – Silence

  1. Lyn says:

    The tension was palpable 🙂

  2. Love this one, Lovely writing where you can sense a growing panic! Thanks for joining in!

  3. willowdot21 says:

    So clever Michael leaving us wanting an answer!

  4. Cheryl-Lynn says:

    Oh my, Michael, the possibilities of what that phonecall was all about…wow!!! I love how you brought the reader with you, the tension mounting…all thoughts went to a loved one in an accident, a doctor with the results of something very serious, and so many more. Great write!!

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