When No One Hears

Silence lingered. His eyes dropped downward and not even a rustle of the leaves beneath his feet gave credence to any reality. He was real, he knew, for he could see and move and breathe, yet even his breath offered no sound. His thoughts were loud whispers in his head, his voice mute as he mouthed the mimicked words.

Others were there, but a ways off, interacting with each other. They too, even without vibration. It didn’t seem to bother them. They paid him no mind at all. He asked himself, “Why am I being ignored”? For a moment he thought perhaps it was a dream, but no, in dreams you are watching yourself. You know you are the actor and the audience.

Suddenly…when far away an interrupted cry…

A child’s voice, “the volume on the tv doesn’t work! I can’t hear anything!
Dversepoetspub.com asks we write a 144 word flashfiction, (Prosery), and include a line from Robert Frost’s poem ‘acquaintance with the night”.
My word count is exactly 144 words, excluding the title.

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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18 Responses to When No One Hears

  1. Vivian Zems says:

    Fascinating! Trapped within the tv? Good one!

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  2. This is an update to the if a tree falls in the woods conundrum. I love it! (I’m rooting for the mute button to be explained to the child and all order restored.)

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    Alone in a world no one wants to become involved in… the story of many! Perhaps a mother who is suddenly brought back to reality by a child’s cry!? Well done!

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  4. Very well done, Mary. Mysterious until the funny ending. Love this.

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  5. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:



  6. gillena cox says:

    Yeah! Luv that TV surprise ending😊
    Have a nice week


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  7. I love the contrast when you brought us back to reality with a TV without volume turned down… maybe that is too unreal nowadays.

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  8. robtkistner says:

    Awww, somebody give the child the remote…! Or perhaps this is a poltergeist in the TV Mary?

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  9. Anna says:

    What fun, at first I thought it might be a ghost, great twist!


  10. calmkate says:

    cute ending, quite unexpected 🙂


  11. Grace says:

    I really like the twist – very good story with that ending line that sure puts things into a different perspective.


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