Monday, December 27, 2010

siren song

siren song

first day of November Monday
followed Halloween Sunday
Monday noon sirens sounded
testing testing testing testing
not in late alarm at ghosts and ghouls
but to shrilly intone disaster
disasters of varying nature
natural and unnatural
none supernatural
one wail for the impending explosion
of nuclear bombs
another for biochemical assault
a howl for bird-droppings hitting
the queen's outrageous hat of the day
a groan for fallen leafs on railway tracks
but not a whimper for Armageddon
not a whisper for the Youngest Day
nor a grunt for Ragnarok
Dutch uncle Dutch comfort Dutch
sirenian serenity

--Levi Wagenmaker (1944 - ) is a retired journalist, living in the Netherlands for most of the year, and in France for some of it (in spring and autumn), with three bitches, two of whom are dogs.

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