Entr'actes and other ways to fill silences

A journey in Haibun* style

I sit in the space
Between life Act II and III
Cue musical score

I have previously written about the importance of spaces and recently there was some talk of preparing activities for introverts and being able to participate in class 'without speaking' (Activity 3 from Dave Cormier's Open Pedagogy Lab). Kate responded and said she was designing a silent icebreaker for her next conference presentation.

Create thinking gaps
Heavy heat enfolds all sound
Gentle cracks in bark.

Autumm said that media training provides a scare campaign for dead air. However, when the focus is on human connections, we don't need to fear that space. In connected learning, human connections are critical. For the #CLMOOC bookclub we have been thinking about Affinity Online (Ito et al 2019) and this has led me to think about how space and silence contributes to the affinity space.

All places defined
By the space around the edge
Every season known

If no edge defined
Can we measure the centre
Or pivot from that?

Sarah inserted some D&G to think about rhizomes and what part the centre plays in rhizomatic learning. I've never thought of intermezzo in relation to connected learning. Laura gave me a poetic explanation of the function of an intermezzo.

The sideline song hums
Underlying daily chores
Concentration cracked

The intermezzo was an operatic solution to cover the scene changes. It provided a story between the main Acts, more than a musical interlude. Later it was an Opus in it's own right (Brahms)

Links may break in future
Lost in Error 404
Our words remain here

I compose my own intermezzo, converting the letters of 'Affinity Network' against the 7 key scale....I play with keys and chords, melodies and instruments. This is my happy place.

Intervals in life
Follow no easy pattern
Music intersects

*haibun, a mixture of hai(ku) poem and bun(sho) prose


  1. Your music as my music -- we make it together

  2. Further to this: This week I'm trying a Silent Meeting https://medium.com/swlh/the-silent-meeting-manifesto-v1-189e9e3487eb https://twitter.com/SilentMeeting


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