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fdelano

Sentinel

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fdelano

Sentinel

 

In the half-night I sit by black windows,

 

seeing only tigers eyes of dim street lamps.

 

 

Safe and warm in my swivel chair, I wait

 

for pills to carry my too-active brain

 

and weary body back to a soft bed

 

filled with nothing but thoughtless time.

 

 

My fingers push keys to form words

 

that cannot re-create the fear of unknown

 

realities that overcome me when they will,

 

strangely, my brain not letting my brain

 

know what it will soon discover hidden

 

in aged crevices and cracks in its former

 

smooth walls of carefree youth.

 

 

I sip the sour wine of hope and listen

 

to the rumble of a train, the engineer

 

shattering the solid quiet with long

 

bursts of his air horn, as required,

 

but no doubt enjoying the rage of those

 

he wakes to join him as he flees

 

past the other limits of this small town.

 

 

All day the sky has been heavy

 

with cold gray, hiding now all

 

stars and planets, only faith

 

keeping them in their westerly swim

 

unseen. Surely they are there,

 

Cassiopeia forty-five degrees

 

to the north, Polaris unmoving.

 

 

My nightly Earth turns and wobbles;

 

stars move in the opposite direction,

 

firmly on course.

 

 

Quite often, one tires and flares

 

as it gives up its orbital effort

 

to streak gloriously for a moment.

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dcmarti1

Begins with the individual and ends with the cosmic. The feeling in the stanza beginning "I drink the sour wine" is palpable.

 

Just doing his duty, you still managed to make the engineer seem "guilty". Good job! :)

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