In the darkness I woke,
and I was alone.
Quietness pervaded the room
with stillness
of such magnitude
that I heard it.
Softly I spoke
your name in my mind
and knew that you were gone.
Had I spoken aloud,
vociferously,
you would not have heard.

The sadness
of my tears
fell noiselessly
as the whole world
slumbered peacefully,
unaware.

Copyright 1978 Ruth Gillis

Previously published in Poetry Plus July 1994

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