Inoculating Against Silence


An outbreak of a
highly contagious silence
caused deep concern in a
world of noise, where
wordlessness is so deeply subversive.

Word masters quickly quarantined
the worst affected areas,
segregating those feasting heavily
on the silence, especially the children.

An old vaccine was used, the
strain that had so
successfully destabilised
the churches and religious communities;
immunisation began in the schools,
washing young minds and souls with sound.

It wasn’t long before
levels of entertainment began to rise,
a sure sign that noise was re-infecting
the population, inoculating against that which silence holds