On noise

(or, I Wish She Would Shut the Hell Up)

Heard
and understood are not the same things.

She bangs at her keyboard until my ears bleed
her litanies; afternoon cat stretches audible; her yawns
long and invitational:
Please pay attention to me.

Stack papers one more time for good measure;
the break between the walls of contrived sounds in
this mostly song, sometimes dance, of her hunger.

I wish rain for her.

I have never wanted for spotlights; don’t know,
really, how to need in any other
ways except punishingly
determined not to admit
and without
any kind of gum to smack back
at whatever perceived harms I
endure.
I endure still.
And probably no worse, or better
for it.

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