The “Variations on a Theme of Sound
Effects to Signify a Pratfall in
Tom and Jerry” is playing on a loop.
Or maybe it’s a skylark. Looking up
to scan the sky for signs of televisions
tuned in to Cartoon Network, all I notice
are clouds. I stare at one awhile to see if
it changes shape into a television.
This fails to happen, so I search the heavens
instead for evidence of skylark. None.
I stand and scour the sky and wonder how
this bird cannot be seen when there it is,
as obvious as laughter in a classroom;
as obvious as skylarks in the sky.