Loud Thuds In The Night


Quality sleeps are far and few in between.

I keep hearing loud thuds in the middle of the night. Sometimes, it’s the neighborhood cats jumping onto the hollow roofings. Sometimes, it’s duhats (Syzygium cumini) rainfalling from the backyard tree. In any case, the thuds agitate the dog, sending him into barking spree—in the middle of the night, mind you—until he is satisfied that there is no danger at all… until the next loud thud, that is.

Sometimes, it’s me that the loud thuds agitate. There were nights that I imagined that someone could be lurking above us, waiting to burglarize our home, if it weren’t for the misplaced step that revealed their presence.



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