Poem: The Sound of Earth’s Rotation



There’s the sound of the earth’s rotation as it
swings past space friction a kind of
squeak audible in peoples’ speech patterns to the
most attuned ear or audible in the upturn at the
end of birds’ song lines the last notes
ascending in a disintegrating splatter
or in the way lovers while getting to know each
other in the way that used to be called
courting anticipate what each other might
say or anticipate a kind of crescendo like an
orchestra in unison holding a long note extra
long as emphasis for an epiphanic
emotion that seems to go on forever and actually does

The sound of the earth’s rotation in the roar of
hungry lions around feeding time a sound of
leonine rasping large things scraping together like
big iron machinery
or on the other hand a sound completely at the
other end of the stress scale of water
lapping on the shore of a Polynesian island the
hushed insistence a long lead-up to a
momentary pause before an even longer
sizzle as it slides back down again into the
next arising wave

perhaps I’m only recounting random things with
sound as being part of the earth’s
rotation when it’s not really the noise a giant
celestial body makes as it moves round its
axis in the dark with one half in the
light which may not make any sound at all audible to our
ears as an actual sound as such but still all the

eerie and varied activities upon the earth as it
sails so free and easy round its
slightly tilted axis might yet be described as
contributing to the overall
ecumenically rich and eclectically inclusive
symphony of that sound

6/30/2000 (from Shaking the Quicksilver Pool, Ecstatic Exchange, 2009)

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Poet, artist, collagist, publisher, hoping to save a little bit of the world through ecstatic utterance... ordered in balanced lines and unpremeditated images...
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5 Responses to Poem: The Sound of Earth’s Rotation

  1. As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah:

    I really enjoy the audio and video presentations of your work. These days we neither hear nor see enough poetry, let alone read it.

    wa salam,


  2. Actually I should say more precisely: I do not read enough poetry, let alone hear or see it. And I appreciate hearing and seeing yours.

    Wa salam,



  3. Farah Akhtar says:

    As-salaamu Alaikum,

    Beautiful poem. Truly is.

    Jazak Allah Khair.



  4. Irving says:

    Lovely poetic idea 🙂 The sound of the earth’s rotation can be felt through the sounds its inhaitants make. Part of the harmonics of planets 🙂

    Ya Haqq!


  5. Adnan says:


    Brilliant poem as always 🙂 I agree with the above post, we don’t hear enough classical poetry these days.

    Jazak Allah khayr



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