poetry by D.e.e.L

dog barking
and a crow screaming
both sound distant
as a low hum comes from the rooftop vents


roommate coughs from inside
sitting in front of a computer screen
with a window open
and a can of coca-cola
half empty
as the neighbor coughs from below the balcony
smoking a cigar
and looking out into the school yard
as he too cracks open a can

the poet sits scribbling
into a composition notebook
like most days
listening for the next phrase
the next sound
with eyes closed
he runs his fingers along the red bricks
the one brick different from the others
is a favorite among the rest


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