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When I lived at Campbell and Iowa in the Ukrainian village, I could have used soundproofing. My fight-and-reconcile neighbors were a noisy couple in conflict and détente. "No," I mumbled, torn from reverie, as I shook my head, the neighbors saying yes, yes, yes through the too-thin wall from next door. The cat batted at a strand of pink curling ribbon that was tied around the flowers that I bought myself. Flowers are silent. Five bright-eyed daisies wrapped in two layers against the cold, mauve paper printed with rococo scrolls, and then cellophane that crinkled with alarm when I dropped the bundle on the table. An old boyfriend called me 'Bright Eyes,' and I thought it rather sweet, until I realized that he was making a "Planet of the Apes" reference. The flowers were gerberas. Another male gave me flowers a few months ago, carnations, red and pink and candy-striped, a kind gesture from a solicitous stranger, but I did not want to see him again. Flowers are the ritual gift that spans all cultures as a signifier of celebration or respect: bouquets, leis, wreathes, corsages, crowns, boutonnières. Roses for love, tempestuous exotic scrotal orchids, lilies in memoriam. Daisies are all wide-eyed innocence, flat circular slaps of optimism. The gerberas were red, happy-face yellow, three shades of pink, pert and perky around dark coronas topping stems held erect by prosthetic wires. Flowers are one of my prayers. Beauty, they say, or Good, or Peace, or Love. This is how the Buddha selected his successor: when he knew that it was time for him to die, he gathered all of his followers and removed a flower from his robes, holding it up for their examination. One young monk smiled. Therefore, he was the obvious choice. The right answer to the right question: when you see a flower, smile. Nothing conscious, benevolent, or wise created this world, but if it did, it wanted us to be happy. It gave us flowers.

Buddhist monks are not known for their noise. They just set themselves on fire, sometimes.

And we have established that flowers make no noise, except to the heart and eye.

"Yes," the neighbors insisted, together, louder than the hiss and rumble of the gas heater in my kitchen. I suspected that they were smiling


1. sound, esp. of a loud, harsh, or confused kind: deafening noises.

What is the first noise that you remember? A cry of your own, or a littermate's, in the darkness out of hunger or fear or discontent where are they hush little baby don't say a word

2. a sound of any kind: to hear a noise at the door.

[What's behind door number three?]

3. loud shouting, outcry, or clamor.

Shout shout let it all out a free-associative sibilant a stain remover and shake it all about a great route

4. a nonharmonious or discordant group of sounds.

A friend's father was a saxophonist, an example of relative Bohemia in suburban sprawl.. I informed him that I like Bartok. He said, "You would."

5. an electric disturbance in a communications system that interferes with or prevents reception of a signal or of information, as the buzz on a telephone or snow on a television screen.

White noise, and the pictures that fall through the snow, the potential for a vision, the Shroud of Turin transported to a suspended electronic mist. That the best TV program is the Emergency Broadcast System test signal. A plain graphic of a tower, vaguely Eiffel, or maybe an oil derrick.

6. Informal. extraneous, irrelevant, or meaningless facts, information, statistics, etc.: The noise in the report obscured its useful information.

But the truth is that people don't talk about what is actually meaningful, do not talk about what is really going on, and we most likely should be glad that they don't.

7. Obsolete. rumor or gossip, esp. slander.

Gossip appears to be inevitable.

8. to spread, as a report or rumor; disseminate (usually fol. by about or abroad): A new scandal is being noised about.

[I haven't heard too much about this one.]

9. to talk much or publicly.

Regarding my personal life, I make a lot of noise, but it is fairly obvious that I am happy on my own, except for one or two factors.

10. to make a noise, outcry, or clamor.

There have been incidents on the street that I am too superstitious to detail. Suffice it to say, I've successfully used noise to make it abundantly clear that I am not worth the effort.

11. make noises, Informal. to speak vaguely; hint: He is making noises to the press about running for public office.

     Vague? I should try vague. The veiled
generally engages more than the revealed.

     The most profound statements
are born and bourn in silence.

     If text echoes tongue, perhaps I should
hand you a blank page.



- Erika Mikkalo