It’s quiet now
so quiet the birds
call loudly to one another.
Recently, you learnt that
Birdsong is the primary indicator of habitats
prosperous to humans.1
rather than the human voice.
You hear them
walking with the
you understand that it holds you close.
No matter where you are,
you can see both sides of the banks;
that, like the birds, you’re always a
part of the
Miranda July said2
this time is like ––
and trying to describe the experience of it
only to find
that words fail you.
1 Gordon Hempel, Silence and the Presence of Everything, On Being with Krista Tippett (29 Aug 2019), https://onbeing.org/programs/gordon-hempton-silence-and-the-presence-of-everything/, accessed January 17, 2020.
2 Miranda July, Miranda July with Jenny Odell, City Arts & Lectures (20 Apr 2020), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtXe5xJyOU8, accessed April 21, 2020.
About the artist
Christine McFetridge is a photographer and writer represented by M.33, Melbourne. She is currently an MFA by Research candidate at RMIT University and a founding member of Women in Photography NZ & AU.