It was the absence of a soundtrack
that confused me.
I’ve never been one for that
type of action movie anyway.
I never saw Armageddon or Independence Day
or whatever that one is where the
White House is hit with a space ship.
I have too much empathy for people
to watch them suffer and die
tragically, horribly, needlessly.
I like suspense,
I like psychological thrillers
(without the gratuitous gore)
I like dramas and romance
and I love comedies.
I don’t like movies about devastation.
I don’t like movies where the bad guy wins,
and I could care less about special effects.
And as I sat there, home,
sick from work, absently watching TV.
It was the absence of a soundtrack,
that scared me the most.
It was the absence of applause that impressed me.
All of these actors, singers and musicians
that I have admired for many different reasons
over the years and no one was applauding them.
The singers performed with energy,
the musicians with a passion I’d never seen,
only the actors seemed out of place.
Fully aware that they were there as celebrities
but with no need to act.
Merely react or answer the phone.
No introductions, no commercials,
no scandalous outfits or off-color jokes.
No need to change the channel.
And though I tried for 3 hours,
no way to reach any one out there.
It was the absence of applause
that impressed me.
It’s the absence of thousands of people
that keeps me awake at night
If you’ll pardon the writer
who always seem to have an opinion,
or feeling about everything
that crosses her path….
I apologize for my delay
at expressing myself on this subject…
I have been speechless,
They have been absent.