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Not Noise, Exactly

Not noise, exactly, though loud,

nor is it song, although

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the elements of song

ring through its complex shout.

It is urgent, irrepressible,

strident, upwelling from the trees,

the evening, everywhere,

this cry, collective and triumphant,

of all these katydids,

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at once imperative, instinctive,

purposeful, onrushing,

defining the Midwest evening

flinging its complicated sounds,

its hullabaloo, at the arriving stars.