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The Quiet Secret

by  Agnieszka Ryk

Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2003
Word Count: 76

Great composers, singers and performers
know the Quiet Secret -

a quietness
so still

that to the breathing
it is inaudible.

a room of men and women

their collective breath

to catch
the faint feathers of sound

from the distant podium,

it's simply mystical.

The tender pizzicato;
the sotto voce -

fragile in the vast air.

The hum
of a thousand

afraid, attentive bodies,

stiller than they ever are,
glimpsing nothing from afar.