Unspeakable silence

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Opera Hotel, Kyiv

Unspeakable silence

A light snow
           fell in the night
icy white cinders
           fluttering down
settling in courtyards
           on the sidewalks
and on every surface
           conferring an air
of innocence
           on the city

Whatever was beautiful
           was touched with magic
whatever was ugly
           was absolved of its crime

As she slept he stood

           at the window 
and watched the flakes fall
           filling the void
with unspeakable
           silence

John Lyons


Revised

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