Dogs doing lists #33: The Notes You Don’t Hear
- Dogs crossing the threshold of death, marveling, “It’s the notes you don’t hear.”
- Dogs demanding of a silent, empty universe, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago??”
- Dogs sensing the instantaneous destruction of an entire planet, its millions of voices suddenly crying out in terror before just as suddenly going silent, and recalling after a reflective, absent pause, “I felt nothing.”
- Dogs stumbling down a footpath in the hills of Salzburg, ducking and swerving as bullets riddle the trees, and emerging, gasping, into a clearing, only to be cut down by a single, surprised Austrian SS officer brandishing a Walther P38, and crawling away, dying, into the forest, coughing blood and wheezing into a hand-held AM SCR-536 two-way radio, warning the underground resistance, “The hills are alive…”
- Dogs pointedly not playing “The Sound of Silence” while the drowned corpse of a young Dustin Hoffman floats gently in a backyard pool in Southern California.
- Dogs tearing open a trench coat and revealing the results of a life of quiet desperation to a shocked sidewalk audience.
- Dogs musing that while heard melodies are sweet, those unheard are sweeter, and promptly burying you alive as part of a smiling, grand romantic gesture in a bed of poured concrete.
- Dogs crying uncontrollably in the Mansions of the Silence, insisting, “I am not the man speaking.”
- Dogs explaining to the unseen inhabitants of a mirror universe of antimatter, “It’s not the notes you do hear.”
- Dogs screening grainy black-and-white footage of a wood chipper noiselessly receiving a stack of bodies, and observing to a bored Introduction to Film class, “And that, everyone, was the silent era.”
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