"I Realized I Was Happy and It Scared Me"

"I Realized I Was Happy and It Scared Me"

"I Realized I Was Happy and It Scared Me"

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June 6 2006 6:44 AM

"I Realized I Was Happy and It Scared Me"

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Something had to have been here before me for here to be here, so sometimes I say I'd like a little silence,

to see if I can discover what it was,
but what I really want is quiet, in which
you hear just a few things

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better, which is not silence,
in which you hear one thing
Again and again and again

and it's not even there.

Rich Ives teaches creative writing at Everett Community College. He is a multi-instrumentalist currently concentrating on fiddle and dobro.