ode to a car alarm

How brave you are, blaring
sometimes in the parking garage near my office,
sometimes near my apartment.

How wise of your owner to have installed you,
knowing that we, fellow citizens, would respond
to your clarion call,
your incessant bleat, whoop, and whonk.

See how we all drop what we are doing
and run to make sure that the car you protect
is safe, unstolen, and undamaged.

We are so relieved to know that all is well,
that it was just a misunderstanding.

What’s that?
You think you might be in danger again?

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