Silence in Autumn

from by Elijah Jett

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Remember the summer:
thumping hums of lawn mowers and cicadas,
aromas of grilled meats and wild roses,
rhythmic turnstiles of family vacations and photos.

Here we are once more
the noises dim.
Autumn summons us from play
calls us home.
Recipe books come out
the kids come in.
The dog quickens his step,
no longer exhausted by humidity
but puzzled by
those vaguely familiar smells of fall.
I understand him at this moment.

The world pauses.
I begin drawing conclusions,
seasonal parables -
a somber task, a solitary one.
My loneliness cries in the shower.
My gratitude joins others in laughter.
I can’t decide which feeling
should carry me into winter.

The leaves turn.
The year and I lose steam,
content to finish gently.


from Coriolis, released November 11, 2011
Words by Jan Brown. Poem read by Sara McCue.

Includes sounds of a bus and children at Cedars, a fire truck on 27th Street, leaves by Andrews Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus and a standup piano in the School of Music at UNL, all in Lincoln, Neb. Also included are various samples from



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Elijah Jett Lincoln, Nebraska

"Guided by his sense of beauty, an individual transforms a fortuitous occurrence into a motif, which then assumes a permanent place in the composition of the individual's life." – Milan Kundera

With "Coriolis" I hope to chronicle my search for home in the hearts unknown. I've sought the comfort of my childhood in love, God, nature and music, among all other things. Here is how it never ends.
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