Waiting at a long red light rendered pointless by five lanes of empty street
many-colored bulbs on every building, radiant through frozen air
rays deflected toward my eyes by each flake of the flurry
Also: one hundred strobes, ambulance and fire engine
sirens stilled, paramedics in clockwork motion
Her eyes closed against the dashboard glow
trying to sleep on the way back home
It's too hot and dry in here
flick the heater off

Silence.

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