an emptiness of silence

He gives them an assignment,
and immediately they get lost;
his tiredness increases while
he sees their eyes glaze over.
There’s probably a law
that governs things like that.

For this they were not taken
from a Berber settlement
and put in a bright reading-nook
besides a guinea pig.

You could still talk to them
at the entrance of the school.
Now they sit on the barren sand,
an emptiness of silence,
in the landscape of the group.

He takes an evening course
so he can quickly learn
the patient speech of stones.
This Babylonian job
requires that too.

an emptiness of silence

Jacob Simkin

Hoppers Crossing, Australia

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