Listening.

By: KristySweetland

Sep 18 2011

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Aperture:f/6.3
Focal Length:120mm
ISO:640
Shutter:1/400 sec
Camera:DSLR-A100

Listening…

My father could hear a little animal step,

or a moth in the dark against the screen,

and every far sound called the listening out

into places where the rest of us had never been.

 

More spoke to him from the soft wild night

than came to our porch for us on the wind;

we would watch him look up and his face go keen

till the walls of the world flared, widened.

 

My father heard so much that we still stand

inviting the quiet by turning the face,

waiting for a time when something in the night

will touch us too from that other place.

 

– William Stafford

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