OF THOSE EMPLOYED THE OTHER HOURS

Sometimes Night Owls & Early Birds show up on the same shift. Not everyone, after all, works the standard 9-to-5 weekday.

Police, firefighters, hospital nurses and doctors, paramedics, retailers and restaurant staff, truckers, airline personnel, railroad crews, actors and musicians – the list continues.

As I newspaper editor working nights and weekends, I could spot them all, even when they seemed to be playing hooky in midday.

These poems arise in that awareness.

~*~

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DOWNHILL FROM THE HEART

Beethoven’s chamber pot beside the piano revealed a man truly engrossed in his work when there was nothing else to touch. Not even another Zelda Fitzgerald, seeking a Daddy-Daddy-Daddy who never was what she’s expected nor was I. It was all downhill from the heart. She rather melted away, like the music, at the end […]

ALWAYS WASH THOSE HANDS

and that’s the really frightening thing the bomb-sniffing dog on the way to the Laundromat, before ~*~ I’ve had enough this season to satisfy my sensibilities though it’s still unseasonably warm and raining lingering over food this buzzing finds pollen wherever our sun warms ~*~ yet to the Appropriate Authorities Immigration and Naturalization Service, the […]