Noise is the sound of Pa’s exploding hunting gun that ends Lola’s life.
Noise is the sound of rushing blood behind my ears.
Noise is the sound of footsteps running into our raffia fenced compound.
Noise is the voices that whisper above me while I cradle Lola’s lifeless.
Noise is the sound of Ma’s crying voice from the compound’s entrance.
Noise is the sound of Ma’s questioning voice; her confused pleas.
Noise is Pa’s toneless voice that compels me to follow him into the inner room.
Noise is the scraping of stools.
Noise is the sobbing of an old man.


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