The Sounds That Inanimate Objects Make In The Night

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A pop in the kitchen when you’re lying in bed. What is the name for space compressing? In this vacuum, the ear travels alone, searching, but there isn’t another sound.

A creak in the hall. Is it the floorboard, moving under a weightless foot? Or the ceiling, sagging a little further towards the inevitable?

If you forgot to close the window the curtain is sure to rustle or beat in a more incessant wind. Narcissism reversed and amplified, until you yourself are still, inanimate, always listening.

7 thoughts on “The Sounds That Inanimate Objects Make In The Night

  1. love this. it’s actually how i feel when going to bed after watching a horror movie — every sound is amplified while I lay still trying to get to sleep. I love the way you describe things. love this especially: “What is the name for space compressing? In this vacuum, the ear travels alone, searching, but there isn’t another sound.”

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