Next Door Neighbor – David Lohrey
The man who moans
Moans because he lives alone.
His moans are not the same
As the couple upstairs.
Say no more.
He moans because he is still alive.
His moans are like sighs.
They communicate isolation. It’s
The human equivalent of an owl’s hoo.
Almost like boo hoo. But not quite.
The guy’s lonely.
When the young men are lonely,
The man who moans can’t whistle,
But he wants company.
When we hear moaning, we
Feel discomfort. Humans recognize
Despair. It’s in our genes.
It’s coming and we know it.
In the meantime, we laugh.
Or whatever. You don’t hear
A lot of moaning from the young.
Nor from the young at heart.
A whistle is a mating call.
The young man wants company.
He expresses appreciation, however
Awkwardly, however rudely. It’s
Base, but it’s…