The deafening sound of silence
Like Phil Spector's imaginary wall
The beautiful call of the mute swan
The supersonic sound of sod all.
Hi-fi controls set to zero
the speakers are experiencing a drought
the deafening sound of silence
The audio equivalent of nowt.
The nothingness that sweeps through the graveyard
The barn owl doesn't give a hoot
The mice are deep in their slumbers
The church clock is broken to boot.
The rustling trees don't make a whisper
The wind has died down for a while
The rain is not running in gutters
Or bouncing off the roof tiles.
The sound of a factory at midnight
The sleeping machines inaudible drone
The taps are not dripping in buckets
The cleaners have long since gone home.