Bleep means inappropriate content, like f**k
or [ expletive ] or something someone

doesn’t want you to know, XXXXXXXX
Beep beep beep means wake up

or a delivery truck backing to the loading dock
or a temperature taken or coffee, tea re-heated

in the microwave. Hearing, they say,
is one of the last senses to go. The night

my mother died, I was reading to her.
Gone With the Wind, skipping the racist parts,

knowing Rhett wouldn’t give a d**n in the end.
The sound effect of hearts stopping

on TV, in movies, a loud flatlining BEEEEP!
because the silence is just too hard to bear.

Kathy Davis