city noise

at the sidewalk cafe
I discern
a different kind of quiet

not the confining stillness of one’s familiar abode
with it’s tics of clocks
and hum of frigid air
but the sounds of the social embrace

no music for a change
nor directed communication (whether facial or mechanical)
just ambient noises from
the stream of sidewalk life

the click clack of the well-heeled dog on a leash
being led between parked cars
to destinations out of sight, out of mind

conversations coming in and out
of focus

cars passing slowly on delmar avenue

nothing
calling for immediate attention
merely listening and observing all creatures
late and small

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