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Dogs 2019

TORNADO WARNINGS
(5/21/19)


going
to sleep
to sirens

waking
up
to sirens

it's May

it's May
in Oklahoma

these things
are to be
expected

but they
can only cry
freight train
so many times
before the public
becomes inured
to such noise

perhaps
we check
the radar

assess
the possibility

then
dismissing that
continue
our routines

with
a background
sound
of disaster

we've heard
these things
so often
before

the odds
are meteorological
that anything
will happen
to any given
individual

the skies
always
eventually
clear

the sun
to shine
on other
corpses

as we
clear the limbs
from our
yards