Cup telephones, wire-hanger gongs
Styrofoam amplifiers. I wonder
how many moments will stick.
Will a word like
conjure a handkerchiefed "bat"
spinning as human
"objects" clap and
"moths" click plastic spoons?
Will they recall
cardboard tubes pointed towards
sideways roasting pans, so a
whisper bounces from one tube
to the other?
Or that time we tried to hear
the room's ambient sound -- air
hum, traffic rumble, clock pop,
metallic kicks -- submerged
in hissed responses to one boy's
Like me, learning about China
by sticking rice with chopsticks.
Tapping poetry rhythms on my desk.
Sliding paper around a watercolor
to snap stop-motion film frames.
So many loves start
with such a seed.
- February 20, 2020
It just so happens that the science of noise is the current topic at the after-school science club I teach at my son's school.