Barks and Car Alarms

It’s nice and quiet:

The bass from a distant party wafts over the silence.

Then one dog barks,

Another barks—closer.

A chorus barks—stops.

A car alarm screams in the distance.

Next door, another sympathetically responds.

Then all the cars take turns five minutes apart.

I peep through the blinds. My room is dark.

Not a soul in sight.

The barking stops.