Outside the vet
            sparrows nest in Es and Rs
spell another word for
beaks urgent,
            another word for screaming.
These days
            everything sounds like
            another word for pay attention,
sounds straining through
            open windows, lawn mowers or
helicopters, every night
                        anxious vigil,
every morning
                        a new death.
Another word for tired is
            so very fucking angry.
Here are these words.
            Take them,
for what they’re worth.