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the sirens went off
after the dead oak
had spanked the house
for its stubbornness,
after the shutters
clattered like clenched
teeth
trying not to cry
like those inside.
the sirens went off
too late
the roof was gone
the car parked
in the neighbor’s
pool
behind the bare lot
where their house
used to be
what good is that siren
now?

M. Zane McClellan 

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