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Next door

Songbird rehearses

Melodic, triumphant

Puppy dog growls

Suspicious, subversive

Little boy warbles

Sobbing, unceasing

Mother rebukes

Unknowing, unfeeling

Bricks crumble

Between us

Doors shatter

Inside us

Neighbors we are

In tears and in triumph

In silence, in sorrow

Today and tomorrow