it's deafening. not even the thoughts in your mind can drown out its omniscient throbbing. so stale. painfully stubborn. you pray for a pindrop to take away its power, its vicegrip on the world around you. alas. a savior. a hero. a rustling tree.
C.J. Opperthauser -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- lives in Farmington Hills, Mich.