The Klaxon Screams Midnight

We are asleep when the klaxon screams midnight –
for a moment awakened from some cancelled nightmare
and thinking that someone should really do something
to stop this siren that blares,
every midnight,
and wondering if all the world can hear
the shriek and the scream,
and if all the state, all the nation
claws up from dreams and
screams along with it,
or merely offers thoughts and prayers.

We are asleep by a quarter past midnight
returning
blissfully
to the usual nightmare.

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