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I noticed a hunger, yesterday
It was a hunger to be quiet

But, when I tried to find a place
To go, to be quiet...

There was no direction
To go in

In the kitchen
My wife
Was rattling the dishes
And hammering nails into the wall

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In the living room
My grandson
Was playing violent video games
On the TV

The cars were rumbling by
And my neighbor was mowing his lawn

Even this computer
Was blowing
A noise

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Even my breath
Could be heard
My ears

I wanted
To run
And hide

But where
Could I run?

And where
Could I hide?

Where could I go
Where the noise
And it's irritation
Could not go?

I could go in
To the sound of OM

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I could go out
To the sounds of nature

I could let out
A scream at the world

Then, I realized
That the noise
Of the universe
Is everywhere

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Jim Bush is a 67 year old, Vietnam-era veteran, currently living in Texas. He was raised in a military family. His father received the Silver Star for directing troops while under air attack at Clark Field in the Phillipines, survived the Bataan (more...)

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