With Hidden Noise
Two brass plates, engraved on the top and bottom with
English and French words, and in between these, a small ball
of twine that hides a noise inside of it when it is shaken. All of
these joined by four screws. If you are inclined, supply your
own noise because you can’t shake this ball of twine. The
museum won’t allow it. So wear a grimace. Begin to scream.
A scream will do it. Don’t save it for a private performance in
the shower. Scream if you are inclined. Maybe you’ll cause a
fine ruckus and a kind of wonder. The museum will never
forgive you, but your audience might think you’re part of the
display; an art object. You scream. It just won’t work. No
matter how much you scream. You can’t shake them up. You
shut up and attempt to stuff your scream into that small ball of
twine, with a noise already hidden inside of it, which is
sandwiched between two brass plates joined by four screws.
You can’t get near it. It’s impossible. Is it true that a scream is
still a scream even if you can’t hear it? Things get balled up.
Things get hidden. Things forget to make a noise, or a noise is
ignored. Supply your own noise, or keep it hidden. No one
Jenene Ravesloot has written five books of poetry. She has published in After Hours Press, Sad Girl Review, DuPage Valley Review, the Caravel Literary Arts Journal, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Packingtown Review, The Miscreant, Exact Change Only, THIS Literary Magazine, and other online journals, print journals, chapbooks, and anthologies. Jenene is a member of The Poets’ Club of Chicago, the Illinois State Poetry Society, and Poets & Patrons. She has received two Pushcart Prize nominations in 2018.
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