Silent Questions

by Bryan Snyder

In the new-blown morning air
stirred with shimmering flight,
a swallow suspends my prayer

with a memory of long journey’s end,
a satisfied climbing the stairs,
the door hanging free…

above all a subtle suspense
as if someone slipped in unawares.
The question draws me

to the tan of the carpet floor
where the missing piece of a blue and singing sky,
so lifelike yet,

so smaller than life! endures
the questioning hands of a child’s world gone awry,
silent. I cannot forget.

Bryan is a Pennsylvania teacher who enjoys learning, spending time with students and family, and, of course, writing.

Photography by Kenneth Godoy

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