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The Silent Season

Not even when fathers went foraging for family fortune,
Their homes singing the blues of loosed teenagers,
While matriarchy strove to fathom this new-found mettle.
The silent season comes but when very big news breaks,
And unobtrusive ears crane for bits to confirm or infirm.

Not even while knowing looks and sweaty palms
Contracted oily under-the-table deals for accursed gain,
Driven by power throbs that rode stately on a fickle globe;
The silent season settles but for those acolytes and minions
Soon their boss is loaded aboard the sanitising bus.

Not even while tried drudges stayed loyal to chalk board,
Convinced that vogue rat-race kills their noble hopes;
Even then, learners waded swell, experience as helmsman.
The silent season but comes to roost when sick leadership
Hits the rocks, giving hope to un-godfathered drudges

Not even while seasonal spans of unseasoned ministering
Made mock with sundry toddlers plying high office trade,
Their sorry stint secured by the boss’s scurvy discretion.
The silent season invariably sets in and rattles racketeers
As the chief priest’s clawed away to that wonted slaughter.

Not even when hunger, failure or death perturbed,
Though tenants in stricken hearth pondered, tossed, turned
As they paced the hazy pathways of the uncertain tomorrows;
The silent season but slips in when a sweet-sour epoch ends,
Force-changing strident hosannahs to muted crucify hims.

That’s for sure the silent season, when silence taunts,
When silence prises the conscience’s load out of recesses;
That’s for sure the silent season, when silence haunts,
When silence pricks the mind and forces recall of excesses.
That indeed is the moment when silence is not golden.
VANTA, Monday 31/03/2014

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