Amid the confusion of random sounds,
I rest my eyes and let the din recede.
Single sounds emerge.
A child cries: “look Mommy.”
A dog barks sharply.
Birds’ wings rustle.
A car door slams.
A cell phone rings.
An angry discussion approaches and fades..
A baby’s rattle falls, jingling.
A customer exclaims over tomatoes.
Someone comments on the weather.
I drift, as a
Police siren knocks me off my chair.