Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mumbai's Symphony

At 5:00 a.m., the first movement of the Mumbai Sound Symphony begins.

A crow caws.
A car honks.
Some church bells ring just after 6:00.
People are rousing and so are the sounds.


A rickshaw horn,
An airhorn,
Suddenly a swelling of horns.
Everyone in a hurry.

An apartment door shuts,
The elevator door closes.
A small bird sings.
Small sounds in the city.

Cars gaining acceleration,
A new bird calls back.
A flip flop on the stair.
A hammer pounding somewhere.


                            After work, the  second movement.  The sounds build.  Louder and louder. 
 A crescendo.
More crows.  More horns.  More jackhammers.  It almost seems it will last all night.


Suddenly, at 7:00 p.m., some sounds begin to fade.

The construction site sounds from the new apartment buildings behind mine..jackhammers, air, metal slamming, hammering slow.
The crow outside my window caws one final time and flys away.
A singing voice.  A faint call for prayer.
Only the horns are left.
No dramatic coda here.


The Sound Symphony ends for today.  
The same symphony will begin tomorrow.  
Wonder if I'll hear it's beauty then?

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