The wind suffers most. All that pain
it’s forced to just carry around.
At times, it gets heavy enough
to tear down trees, and churches.
To fling through the air strollers,
horse-trailers, tissue-paper, indiscriminately.
Now, it’s doing none of that.
Outside, it’s not getting dark. Heat
makes the voices ring louder.
I cannot get out of my head the threat
of the wind’s insistent cry, like the sound of dogs
being slaughtered in the alleyway,
like the sound of someone welding metal.
O sweet soldering iron, make
me a deadbolt that will hold out the noise.
Hear Amy Ash read her work live on Tuesday night, 3/19/13, from 7-9 pm. Come meet Amy and other Kansas City Voices contributors at The Raven, 8 E 7th St, Lawrence, KS 66044 this Tuesday. Kansas City Voices is proud to have Amy’s work featured in our 10th anniversary edition.