Sometimes I think the sound of an airplane
is the sound of a stray ICBM.
You know the high-pitched scream a jet creates
when it slows too fast at low altitude.
Other times I'm suddenly horrified
by long loud rumbles that seem to come from
everywhere, like the big crunch is calling
and the whole universe starts to collapse.
Skyquake is the name. The sound's cause unknown.
Maybe a coronal mass ejection
of capitalism. All the machines
which emit energy we're unaware
of will be our reckoning. And slow death
will be cast aside for the more urgent.