May Sounds at Dusk

by Megan Langley

The metal clank of a baseball bat at a local field in the distance
Chirping birds of unknown species in the old oak across the street
The locomotive alarming anyone and everyone of its gradual approach
Barking pups and yipping purse dogs who hate the confinements of leashes
The buzz of an airplane engine overhead as people ponder its destination
Revving engines of motorcyclers who think they are far beyond what we consider cool
The subtle murmur of neighbors sipping lemonade or kicking back a cold one on a far-off porch

Deafening decibels of a beating heart
The sickening silence of a woman alone with her thoughts


Posted on 05/14/2008
Copyright © 2021 Megan Langley

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Joe Cramer on 05/14/08 at 02:50 AM

the imagery and flow of this poem is exceptional... until the set up of your couplet at the end.... excellent closing... I'd love to plagarize this.... extraordinarily well done! (Nice alliteration too, did I mention that???)

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 05/14/08 at 03:30 AM

This has such a great stream-of-thought energy going for it. And I think your wonderfully vivid, descriptive language really adds onto that. Wonderful work.

Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 05/14/08 at 04:41 AM

This is an audio poem...i hear the imagery! MFS

Posted by Adam Dyson on 06/04/10 at 12:42 AM

Beautifully crafted. The total immersion in the gentleness of the moment, and then suddenly that peace is "outside", viewed through the ragged hole we made in the window as we were jerked "inside". Powerful and unexpected. Love it!

Posted by Richard Vince on 10/23/20 at 11:17 PM

beautifully observed, and serene until the total change of perspective at the end. very powerful. great stuff.

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