Day forgets its night, drawn on by golden dawn,
Abandons the light sleepers who must go to work
And find rolled stones hidden in dirt. They drudge down
While day high on its noon starts crawling up the bricks
Chasing shadows over tarred rooftops, through windows,
And along tea-stained apartment wallpaper.
Afternoon peals into evenings bells and dark drolls
On as the work-wretched wearily follow
The toll roads home. Day beats them there, has already
Raided the liquor cabinet, calling welcome,
Welcome, pours rounds and rounds. The air reeks with whiskey.
The moons eye is half-shut and day hopes that nag
Wont be looking for a good time tonight -- Ah-- nights
Now and days misthought its bounds again. Those sleep-
Less dont care how loud itll sing in a few more hours.
Brighten, burned boy, smash through this mornings glass panes.
© 1998 Heather Burns