Things I’ve heard out my window

A goat, saddest bawling ever,

Roosters, day and night. Roosters.

The call to prayer.

African hornbills, raucous squawking.

Pied crows, calling and cawing.

Doves cooing and mourning.

Songbirds, unknown and unnamed.

Reggae and African music, live and recorded.

The neighbor lady singing gospel.

The house girl doing the laundry.

The gardener, cutting grass with a machete. Swish swish.

A child crying.

Cars from the main road.

Motorcycles.

Dogs barking and howling at any hour.

A cat meowing.

The gate, opening and closing.

Crickets.

Live jazz from the back of a pickup.

Police recruits, marching and singing.

Swahili.

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