city sirens

most every night, she hears the city sirens
emergencies at three and four a.m.–
so different than her former life environs,
the nightime crickets that she heard back when

the siren meant “tornado” and a cellar;
to go with mom to wait the big wind out —
before she was a jaded city-dweller,
whose heart is filled with loneliness
and doubt

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