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What Is Noise

Noise is the sound of Pa’s exploding hunting gun that ends Ayo’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 voice that whisper above me while I cradle Ayo’s lifeless body.
Noise is the sound of Ma’s crying voice at the compound’s entrance.
Noise is the questioning voice of Ma; 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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