Graveyard Shift (A Poem)


Hanging here
One long, momentary fragment
Liminal lightness
Starship darkness
Steady hum
Of computers
Life support for
The glow of progress
Moving too fast to stop
Too slow to beat
As a steady, daytime heart does
As a steady, daytime heart does.

An eternity of heaviness
Falls closer to the blackness
Within the blackness.

For my days, my hours
I am an image of pale death
Meat breakfast
Ham, steak, blood at sundown.

At sundown
Rise and work.

At night
Rise and work.

Hope to build,
Hope to build
A life more normal
A life more human
A life not lost in the liminal
A life not so heavy

The dawn rises.
Blue light.

I should be sleeping.
I should be sleeping.

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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Terrific. I like this a lot - moody, thoughtful, melancholy. Very expressive, creates a strong mood. And I absolutely love that you used the word "liminal." I am a confessed word-freak and addict.

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Earl S. Wynn 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks! :) Liminal is probably one of my favorite words. It describes so much of my life in so many ways.

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

An interesting and creative poem.

'Ham, steak, blood at sundown.' interesting

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twilanelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

A bit dark and mysterious, although I can relate to working a lonely and off beat shift. Thank you for sharing this interesting poem.

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Earl S. Wynn 5 years ago from California Author

Definitely. Thanks!

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ladysonoma 4 years ago

I love it! Meat breakfast, ham and blood at sundown! That line definitely caught me. You should be sleeping.

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