A House at Dawn

Prayers Interrupted

click tick pop
bang moan
click sigh
the echo of muffled
bass drum
hushed boom
a wood block
tapped by an angry cricket
tick tickity tick tick tick . . . click pop
an army of ants
do a soft-shoe
on a snare drum
sh shh sh sh sh sh
while the wind breaths through
a McDonald’s smoothie straw
moan . . . sigh . . .
sigh . . . moan
prayers interrupted
the muted percussion
of a house
coming alive
on winter’s morn

(By C. Eric Funston)