Out the Window, Over The Fence

I hear a baby screaming as loud as it can, crying and crying for something. A woman and man in the same room, screaming at one another. Slapping sounds, more screaming, and the baby wailing with redoubled efforts. Him, yelling even louder. More slapping sounds. A thud. Her screaming too. More baby-wailing, until it all calms down and all I can hear is the person practicing a passage from some piano etude, somewhere out there.

And people think hell is a place people end up after they die. I’m pretty sure hell can be just out my window, and over the fence, in the next building over, on a sunny, quiet Thursday afternoon.

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