The earth hums,
and scientists can’t explain it--
the high decibel keening,
a planet’s symphonic singing,
unheard by human ears but only
by delicate instruments, measuring
The earth hums from molten
core shifting or oceans drifting
or atmospheric pressure or the measure
of the sun’s rays careening across
a breathing planet.
The earth hums, an opera
of life and tragedy, the lamentation
of that final note, held and suspended until
hearts break and circular grief engulfs
a rapt audience.
The earth hums, and there is no
silence on this planet.
Gnash your teeth and weep for it,
a cymbal’s riff, crashing across
eardrums and unlit space, resounding
the earth’s pulse.
© Ami Mattison
Flickr photo courtesy of FlyingSinger