There are sounds that are amplified in certain seasons. The cherry branch creaking against an eave of the neighbor’s garage, for instance, is loudest now, when the afternoons are becoming cooler, when shadows are longer, when the leaves are almost all fallen.

The sounds of barking dogs are loudest in summer, when our windows are open at night.

Silences are loudest in winter, when they are glazed with ice.

(written in Providence, fall 2012)