Pouring rain and strong winds lashed the city yesterday night. The power grid withstood these forces bravely for some hours and then gave in. As the city plunged into darkness, people retreated into their homes and the Sunday night revelry seemed to have ended sooner than expected.
As I lay in bed surrounded by the shadows, I tried to listen to the deepest sounds of the night. After the fury of the storm had passed, the night was exceptionally silent. To add to natures silence, all man made machines slept silently without any electricity to keep them humming through the night.
The silence was so deep, that I could distinctly hear someone coughing two blocks away and water dripping down a broken pipe, few houses away. It was eerie and beautiful at the same time.
We are surrounded by a million sounds around us day and night, that we miss the unique beauty of each one of them. They all come together as noise that serves as a constant reminder that we are not alone in the city. It is a rare opportunity, that needs both nature and man made forces to come together, to be able to hear the silence, feel the beauty and smell the freshness of life that surrounds us. I am glad I found that yesterday night.