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Graveyard Shift (A Poem)

Updated on December 19, 2011
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Hanging here
One long, momentary fragment
Liminal lightness
Starship darkness
Steady hum
Of computers
Heaters
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.


Heavy.
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.
Heavy.


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
Heavy.


The dawn rises.
Blue light.


I should be sleeping.
I should be sleeping.

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      Theresa Ast 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

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

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      An interesting and creative poem.

      'Ham, steak, blood at sundown.' interesting

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      Twila Nelson 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

      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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