9 Minutes (Snooze Alarm)

“ –international concern today over nuclear testing in–”
I push the button,
launching a bomb of silence
from the bedroom Atoll.

After detonation,
only morning crows can be heard
above the screaming in my head
– against the reality of these days.

I close my eyes again;
in seconds of dreaming
generations can pass,
while the minute hand ticks closer to the hour.

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