Never Silence

There was never silence in our house.
Voices hammered over coffee as morning
yanked me from my bed in a language
I barely understood, an edge I knew too
well. They loathed cold, resented rain, took
heat as personal insult, hated getting old,
being ill, with their backs aching and teeth
a perpetual misery. On Saturdays, opera

blaring from the radio a friend had helped
pick out, the one with “a very good tone,
don’t you think?” When the music paused:
 “Wonderful, wonderful! Don’t you think so?
Which aria, which singer did you like best?”
Ranking it all until sleep swallowed every sound.

Steve Klepetar

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