March 31, 2015

Sirens


In our group,
there's safety
in numbers,
though neighbors
seem to succumb
at a higher
rate than usual.
Sirens sound
in the night,
hauling them off
before dawn,
returning some home
just before noon,
some others
not so soon.
We've learned when
we can intrude
to offer help,
or stay away.
We'll keep watch,
listening from our bed,
or hearing
from our table,
sirens coming,
then some going,
noting the rise and fall
of our own breath,
as long as we
are able.