The casual listener’s guide to audio cues (a poem)

No chance to get out today…

Quiet piano music
means someone is gone

Spiky guitars
mean that post-punk
is due for revival

A resonant hum
means the battery
is running low

A 1-kHz tone
is used to calibrate
signal levels

The siren that sounds at noon
is a routine test
of the civil defense system

The sound of your voice
is something
I’ve been missing

(16 January 2018)