What becomes the obvious thing,
so obvious it is almost unnoticed
at first, is the silence, overwhelming,
so profound even the cows on the bluff
across the river are silent, even the
river below the cows on the bluff
is silent, even the birds flying
over the bluff and the river
are silent, as if creation
awaits God’s voice.
Photograph: Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit, Mo., Jan. 20, 2014.