By Michael Sindler
Heater whirring - Refrigerator hums
Incessant ticking of the spring-wound clock
Thump of bass through wall from music next door
Leaky faucet drips every three seconds
Overhead, heavy shoes stomp and tap
Through the window, argument on sidewalk
Police push drunk kid down onto sidewalk
Lying face to ground, boy mumbles and hums
TV theme song, cop gives him nightstick tap
Jesus, it's damn noisy for nine o'clock
Watching the dial slowly click off seconds
Someone knocking, who the hell's at the door?
Pull on pants, there's more banging on the door
One more look at the scene on the sidewalk
Stare across the room for a few seconds
Static from the neighbor's stereo hums
Time seems out of phase, not synched with the clock
Water drops echo in staccato tap
Bang replaced by "shave and a haircut" tap
Still reluctant to see who's at the door
Poe's tell-tale heart not as loud as this clock
Escalating drama on the sidewalk
Wails of pain and anger replace the hums
Scream seems to last an hour, not just seconds
"Wait, I'll only be a few more seconds"
Who's this asshole continuing to tap?
Kid howls as the sound of a taser hums
The cops drag him in their car, slam the door
Pool of fresh crimson blood on the sidewalk
Five long minutes have gone by on the clock
What jerk would be knocking at nine o'clock?
Can I get some peace for a few seconds?
Squawking radio shouts from the sidewalk
As I twist the knob there's a final tap
A damn Jehovah's Witness at the door
My brain goes ballistic, rattles and hums
I want to clean his clock. what nerve to tap
"Right this second get away from my door!"
Down on the sidewalk, the drunk kid still hums