The City

By: Nathan Hunnicutt

A jungle full of entangled knots that tighten and loosen throughout the day.

Its thunderous roar consumes what peace there is.

The honking of cars,

The banging of construction,

The clashing of metal reeks my ears.

What can silence a beast that has no mouth, ears, or eyes?

What can silence a beast that lurks day and night?

The sun slithers away with the passing of clouds,

Teasing us with its loving rays that poison the body.

First I beg for it, then for it to not.

Something approaches in the distance, ready for battle.

These troops fly high in the sky and bombard the ground below.

What can silence a beast that has no mouth, ears, or eyes?

What can silence a beast that lurks day and night?

As the battle draws near, all crowd for shelter.

The first strike, hot asphalt blends with the first bombs to fall.

The air smells like wet dog with gasoline breaking through.

The drums then roll in.

Every leaf, every table, every surface has a different note,

Composing a symphony never heard of before.

It travels alone and its songs change with every chance it gets.

Suddenly the beast is startled.

It has no clue what to do, walking around with its tail between its legs.

The roar that once dominated, no longer thrives.

It has been silenced by the storm.

Few stop to listen to the beauty that is at hand.

Time froze for those moments.

The city was quiet, and only the chiming of the drums could hold fast in this air.

All time is meant to pass.

In the war between human and its mother, no one is a victor.

None can be stopped, neither her nor us.

In a few glorious moments,

Heaven will sings clearly in the air,

Only if one can stop, look, and listen.

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