Sound of Fear

Sound of Fear

muffled but of notice
gives pause when heard
on a quiet afternoon.

would I be so complacent
if I were on the other
side of the world?

Would I calmly, momentarily
look up from my page in wonder
and contemplate the source of the BOOM!
“a backfire?  Or distant thunder?”

Or would the BOOM! resounding
warn of something more sinister…
stirring a shiver of fear
or a clutch at my heart?

Would I dash to the window
to pull down the shade
and make sure all the cats
were safely under the bed?

Would I be as sure and content
that the BOOM! was innocuous
and merely a sound–instead of
a terror quaking the ground?

© Sometimes, 2015