#tuesdayuseitinasentence : The rest is silence


Swings, playground, play park, deserted, decay

Image : Pixabay

Afterwards, it was as if all noise had been sucked from the world.

The rumble-hum of traffic she could live without, the infant wail of car alarms and waspish hedge cutters.

But the trees no longer hushed in the wind, the grasses stopped whispering beneath them. The blackbirds no longer chattered, the sparrows ceased their bickering.

The playground was the worst – no laughter, no tears, even the swings stopped creaking.

The only sound came from her own body – groans of hunger, a cough, a rattle of phlegm in tired lungs.

Perhaps it was time to complete the silence.


Written for Stephanie Colpron’s #tuesdayuseitinasentence. Take the word – this week it’s SILENCE – and write some words. See here to join in.

The title is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the eponymous hero’s dying words.

And here, just for fun is my favourite Depeche Mode song.


13 thoughts on “#tuesdayuseitinasentence : The rest is silence

  1. With the first few sentences my thoughts whirled away to the Rolling Stones, Paint it Black. Then I realised that wasn’t the scenario. Oh, spooky. And now I’m asking loads of questions on what could have caused the situation.


    1. I do like Paint it Black – cracking song. Gimme Shelter beats it though πŸ™‚ Yes, I’m wondering the same, though as I’m watching re runs of Dr Who at the moment, all sorts of sci-fi ideas present themselves … πŸ™‚


    1. Maybe the heats having an effect on me, oppressing even the sound into silence. Funny, where the imagination takes us isn’t it? I haven’t a clue what’s caused the scenario, but I thought the idea of missing people, missing sound would be eerie. Thanks for reading Chris

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  2. Interesting! Makes me wonder what kind of disaster could have wiped out all those sounds. And chilling ending — wonderfully foreshadowed by the title.


    1. Thank you Joy. Yes, I’m left wondering too – I suspect it has to be some sci-fi/alien answer. Or something has wiped out all the birds, sucked the atmosphere away, thus sucking weather away with it. But then my protagonist would have to have a special suit to survive … Too many questions πŸ™‚

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