Late in Brooklyn

It is late and time for bed
and I hear a siren scream
past my window again
and I think of where it’s
not going; to the non-crimes
as I look at the buildings and
thousands upon thousands
not doing a single thing to
harm another; so who reports
on damages that don’t happen
on murders not committed
on crimes that never broke
through a conscious mind.
Who is compiling statistics
 the crime that isn’t happening?
For it is something to witness.



Poet’s Notes:
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