By Sara Letourneau
Wind flows through tree limbs,
a river of air brushing
past needles and leaves.
Crickets chirp and serenade
one another, their songs brief and
monotone, the soothing bird songs of dark.
Owl tells his ballad, hooting of
who did this and who did that,
the cadence of his call lighter than rain.
I rarely listen to the night—but don’t we all?
So often do we talk and scream
and fill our houses with our own noise
that we also fill our own heads and forget
to turn ourselves off
so we can open the window and listen
to the orchestra playing outside every night.