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  • 17 downs up the stairs
    where fans with hands push air
    towards other air

    Repeated words like love and bear
    echo over a frequency
    of lip smacks and QWERTY taps,
    falsetto bracelet chimes and snapping neck cracks

    A breakfast crunch
    A bedtime hum
    Gentle swallows high above
    and a throat-tunneled yawn that funnels down

    This reliably discreet track returns
    but someday it will withdraw somehow
    and transform into other worldly sounds
    like coos and aaas and ohmygods.
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