Sounds of the City

Carol A. Hand

When greeting the morning

the silver-toned song of a bird

got me wondering

How does one convey
the sounds of the city
engulfed in a misty fog
that amplifies sounds?



The whisper of leaves

in the breeze – sh-h-h-h-h

The sounds of workmen

replacing a neighbor’s roof –

with the tap-tap-tap of hammers

and the sharper rhythmic

sounds of a staple gun

The sound of the lawn mower

growing softer then louder

depending on the direction

of the unseen mower







r- ing in the distance


Listening intently to the world

and trying to describe what one hears

on a silent page is not an easy task

and a challenge I will continue to ponder


37 thoughts on “Sounds of the City

  1. Wow, Carol. This poem is richly layered and dimensional — from the softest whispers of nature to the staccato rhythms emitted from the roof, from the acme to the nadir of the lawnmower’s swath-path — a slow-mo doppler effect. And I love that concrete poem set within a

    whir r ing,

    as your silent page becomes a tapestry.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Migo and WD. As you well know, listening deeply sometimes means were hear things that are tragic and painful. But sometimes, we are fortunate to hear things of great beauty that momentarily transport us to places of peace and joy. 🙂

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      1. Yes! And sometimes we see your posts are like peaceful valleys, sometimes like blue and thoughtful mountains and sometimes joyfull like a garden where the birds are singing. Sometimes maybe all in one piece! But we are lucky that we are hearing all them via your ears.;)

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  2. Instead of the “tap-tap-tap of hammers,” I am often greeted in the morning by the tap-tap-tap of a woodpecker drumming on a half-dead tree in a neighbor’s back yard. Music to my ears!

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  3. Hi Carol! You captured it so beautifully! I felt like I was there and I could imagine the whole scene.
    Hope you are well…as Fall starts her turn. Hard to believe summer is over already. This year has flown in places and dragged in others.
    Hope the rest of your week is filled with wonder ❤

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        1. Thank you so much for your kindness, Hanneke. It’s evening here. now, after a rainy day. It was perfect weather for helping me be disciplined enough to sit at my computer grading student papers. I still have many more to go, but I am grateful for the chance to learn and maybe share something that will help students in the future. I hope you have a wonderful day, too. 💜

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        2. Thank you for your reply, Carol. It’s lovely to hear. Funny how rain can have that effect. It’s raining here too. Earlier I did some spring cleaning with the ‘help’ of a very old cat, he’s such a character, very loving 🙂 . Hope there will be a bit of sunshine tomorrow as well for you, lieve groetjes, Hanneke   

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