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yes, a sound (to ellipsis)

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word like creak, squeak, rumble, even noise are more vivid and conjure more to the imagination than sound which is more generic. But if the word in the original language is a sound-filled word then it would work as well. I like contradictions in poems and the idea that you can do in a poem what the poem says it is not doing at the level of meaning.

My own example of this is:

Silence is not
the moment
just before
the phone rings.

I'm having it both ways here, having the phone ring as an image creates the shattered silence that I say isn't.