quiet please!

wherever noise attacks peace
shhh!-man arrives

late at night and during most weekends
crouched still and quiet
shhh!-man listens patiently

putting the vigil back into ante

drunken pub revellers and aged lawn mowers alike
voices heightened and motors droning
they number their days

each are met with an unflinching and appropriate challenge
by shhh!-man
standing tall, hands on hips

it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, believe it or not!
it’s a sunny Sunday afternoon, did you notice?

be quiet please
place fingers on lips
turn engines off

he’s a superhero
borne from an unfolding universe
designed to meet societal needs
today

a living breathing
onomatopoeia incarnate

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