Forever Connection
by Mark Fleisher

Police sirens wail
fire engines blare
a lone coyote howls
ordinary sounds fade
into the dark, muffled
by the familiar
thrump, thrump, thrump
blades in the sky
unseen in the blackness yet
mingle with the sounds of night

From beneath the surface
of memory the half-century-old
vision clear like a videotape,
click the audio button
thrump, thrump, thrump
background music
for the chatter
spitting from their flanks,
the whoosh of rockets
flaring from their underbellies
toward the green canopy below

Thrump, thrump, thrump
A forever connection
mingles with the sounds of night

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