“Too Loud” / Memorable Fancies #2481

[“Yesterday / I stood in a crowded street that was live with people, / and no one spoke a word,” – Muriel Rukeyser]

I thought there might have been some awful disaster and they were too shocked to speak, as after JFK’s assassination or 9/11. Or perhaps they were speaking all this time, and I had suddenly gone deaf.

Or perhaps the world’s physics had changed and sound was no longer carried through the air.

But then I saw the buds in everyone’s ear, and realized that no one would speak again.

Or if they did, too loud.

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