Batteries Included

forlornly the smoke alarm beeps

at regular intervals with

a slight upwards inflection at the end

as if  it enquires of the house

Why is it that I beep??

I eat slices of plastic cheese

carelessly torn out of wrappings

and devoured as I listen

hoping that the beeps do not speed up

do not become a clamouring clatter

a vociferous hullabaloo

a pandemonium of wall to wall noise

for I cannot pass the second rung

of the ladder to disengage

this forlornly beeping smoke alarm which

obviously contemplates an uproarious tirade

concerning cheese and smokeless environments

and the shameful neglect of batteries





Copyright August 2015




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