NaPoWriMo 11 – Louder

by krstaten

More things have been broken, I’m sure,
than haven’t–cracked dishes, cracked
windows, cracked walls, cracked voices.
It’s easy for them to forget, I’m sure,
that neighbors have ears, and so do walls,
and so do all these empty spaces.

So we try to make the music louder.

Grant a litte more privacy, if we can.
Maybe the local rock stations will make
for a more palatable anger, more melodic
kind of screaming, and when the living
room wall thuds and vibrates from another
something broken on the wall, we try
not to wonder whether he’s coming back
tomorrow or whether she’s hiding bruises.

So we try to make the music louder.

And tomorrow, there’s a short stretch
of relative peace. And tomorrow, nine
random strangers pack into their living
room that shares a wall with ours,
and music in a language we don’t recognize
overrides our evening conversation.

So we try to make the music louder.


Holy hell, today’s prompt kicked my ass. It was a Bop poem, and you can read the full prompt at here.

Today’s first recommendation: “Static Electricity” by Neil Hilborn (video)

Today’s recommended fellow NaPoWriMo particpant poem: “Homo Sapiens” by Roshni Rajshekhar Nair“Homo Sapiens” by Roshni Rajshekhar Nair