by Anthony Perdue

A baby cries

A siren wails

A dog howls

Do all three sounds share something?

Does the baby cry because of a nightmare?

Or does it cry for the others like itself,

Who are abused?

Does the siren wail because someone has been saved?

Does it wail because someone hasn't?

Does the siren wail hoping to scare away death?

A dog howls

Is it howling in the hopes that someone familiar will answer?

Is it howling because it remembers the mother it once had?

All three sounds share the fact

That we hear them

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