polyethylene. whispering. waves. the weight of others on wood floorboards. knocking. silent vibrations. missed phone calls. sirens. wind. numbers being repeated. trains rushing by. a needle dragging across a record. crowded rooms. cemeteries. bridges over rivers. teeth grinding. pages. vellum. the hum of anticipation. tinnitus. saturn. lakes. shedding. church pews. metal garbage bins. second shifts. before a word. after a question. humming your favorite song.