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This is Real Silence

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November 7, 2017

Hatch Magazine published my story, “This is real silence.”

Excerpts . . .

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. . . It can be dead silent on that mountain, quiet enough to remember a place in time with no interruptions, a day that started in a bustling, wide valley and finished in stillness on top of a mountain.

. . . The small lane is choked with people, filled with noise between concrete walls and parking lot chains, and overflowing with all the joys and sorrows of so many souls together. Then as I cut a path through the maze of people, I feel myself start to separate, to shut off the interactions required to be part of it all.

. . . I hit the switchback trail and spend the last ten minutes climbing a rocky tram road in 4-wheel drive. Slower now, but still the noises — the squeaks of an old truck ready for retirement and the clattering pings of a worn out engine — and still the podcast with it’s wartime audio of machine gun clips and fearful voices echoing behind the bullets.

. . . The silence is startling. It always is, even though I’m prepared for it by now. I spend ten minutes walking the familiar perimeter of camp, wandering through the chilled darkness, gazing up at clear stars and galaxies, soaking it all in and unraveling in the quiet.

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Read the full story at Hatch Magazine

Enjoy the day
Domenick Swentosky
T R O U T B I T T E N
domenick@troutbitten.com

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Domenick Swentosky
BELLEFONTE, PA

Hi. I'm a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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