my refrigerator makes an all doom sound once in a while
it used to really bother me when I was crazy
I really thought they were coming to shoot us all up
now when I hear it, it just frightens me like my life is a movie
and the doom sound from that stupid thing is the soundtrack
I really hate it
it’s really annoying
and quite a scary sound
finally I told the refrigerator to “just chill”
and it hasn’t messed with me since
now if I could only figure out
the secret of beating
the sound of my phone
or the music my wife plays to go to sleep to
or the commercials on TV during the holiday season
or all the other damned non living bullies that have their way with me
then I might just be a man again
and not another inanimate object
fighting against all the others

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Daniel J. Flore III’s poems have appeared in many publications. His three poetry books are Lapping Water, Humbled Wise Men Christmas Haikus, and Home and other places I’ve yet to see.