The quiet is different this morning.
Its timbre has a breadth, a substance
I hadn’t noticed before.
The quiet when the boys slept was full of their dreams
This emptiness is hard. It supersedes noise
from the TV
that deafens the background silence.
It shatters then evaporates like it never was.
It has form,
it moves about the house
like a cat.
Sometimes it takes a moment for it to creep
Up to settle in beside me for the night.
Devonne Brown is a West Virginia author and mother of twin boys. She has taught English from Shakespeare to basic Reading in a career that spans closer to a half than a quarter of a century. A scary “Warhorse English Teacher,” she has divided her professional time between alternative and traditional schools in West Virginia, North Carolina, and in the UK. Kids are the same everywhere. Her first book, Norris Tales, the Adventures of an Awful Housecat, an anthology of anecdotes and short stories revolving around family tyrant Norris, a cat of unusual presence and demeanor. No one needs a cat like Norris, but thankfully, a shelter picked him off of the streets to save other unsuspecting citizens from his unbridled condescension. He knocks stuff off of tables too, valuable stuff, full stuff. He doesn’t care whose stuff. Her son chose him out of a line up of decent cats. Norris shares a special bond with rowdy teenage boys. Her upcoming historical fiction women’s literature, In the Time of the Sonnets: 127 -154, explores the tale of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady, and is on track for publication in February 2023.