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by Terrance Terich

  Interminable murmur emanating
  from the refrigerator
  married to the steady drone
  of the freezer above.
  Orbital overhead buzzing
  of electric incandescence.
  Muted monotone laughs,
  muffled conversation
  through connecting walls.
  Thudding footsteps
  on the upstairs floor
  that is, in turn,
  my downstairs ceiling.
  The Doppler consonance
  of tires on asphalt stream
  from the interstate
  outside the apartment window.
  All incessant hives
  of activity.
  Everything hums.
  Here I sit,
  a wrangler of noise
  awash in rhythms of reality,
  a hapless conductor
  harnessing the grandest
  of symphonies.


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