Out the Window

it was Saturday and
I kept looking out the window
I kept hearing sirens
I thought
someone must be dying
or someone was trying to
get away from the police
there was an inferno raging
just around the corner
I kept looking out the window
wondering how close it all was
I got up
and walked around the room
she came in
and sat down on the couch
wearing that blood-red blouse
she didn’t say anything
just sat there crossing and
uncrossing her legs
I watched her
but only for a moment
until the sirens
started wailing again
I looked out the window
something was happening
out there
I saw the lights
flashing in the sky
but they were too far away
for me to see anything