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Dreams 2022

Voices
(8/27/2022)


I hear them
mostly
when trying
to sleep

no so much
on the quiet
nights

as they seem
to be afraid
of the silence

but add
the A/C

a fan

traffic
or aircraft
noise

and I hear
their garbled
conversations

their messy
monologues

as if listening
to TV

or to radio
broadcasts

from several
rooms away

I know
that someone
is talking

but I am
unsure
of what
they say

a word
comes through
every once
in awhile

causing me
to concentrate
in order to divine
some meaning

but their purpose
escapes me

I hear
them more
as I age

understanding
more
as the nights
go by

to the point
that I realize
I will eventually
perceive entire
statements

complete
intentions

entering
the world
within
their cacophony

and leaving
this muted
personal existence
behind