I hear a sound

I hear a tone

I hear four tones and one neutral

I see a mouth move

I see hand gestures

I see eyebrows contract

I see facial muscles twitch

I hear scales

I hear patterns

I hear breaths

I hear silence

I hear intent

I witness a pause

I sense a delay

I anticipate a transition

I witness an exchange

The sounds shift

The sounds roll

The sound carries

The mind processes

The ears translate mouths in transit

Hands with more actions

The words stop filtering meaning

Noises linger

Eyes blink

Lungs exhale

Voices crack

Lungs inhale

Sound bounces

Space changes

Tones shift

People respond

Bodies budge

Air flows

Objects react

Space stands still

Words get lost

Intentions lose meaning

The voices stop

But the breathing continues.