Thursday, May 10, 2018

At Dark-Thirty




I.

Driving at moondown
Along a fog-bound country road
Into blue first light
And early morning time,

I watch as dawn gathers,
Spins gauzy forms
and misty webs
From forgotten wisps of night.

Ghost trees float like clouds
Over frost-paled pastures;
In the dawning light
A gray mule
Might be a unicorn.

From the dark-gabled farmhouses
Yellow windows
Shine like homing beacons
In the lingering night.

Behind them I imagine
Warmth, homely sounds and smells
Embraced within that light
And a family's morning murmur.


II.

Of course he beat her. . . everybody knew.

Riding in to the early shift,
Yawning in the black dark before true morning,
I'd look over at her house
Like always . . . you know the way you do . . .

See the light on in the kitchen
And know she was there alone,
Drinking cup after cup of that bitter coffee,
Smoking her breakfast,
And likely nursing a new bruise or two.



III.

Their lights were always on by five.
She'd get the cook stove going 
And behind the thin curtains I'd see
The two of them, moving through their morning dance.
He fixed coffee; she made biscuits and eggs.
The radio, always set to the local Christian station,
Blared the good news of another day --
Weather, lost hunting dogs, cattle and trucks for sale.
He'd linger for that second cup,
Waiting till yesterday's hog prices were told.
Then, heaving himself up from the table,
He'd take his cane and tap his way to the sink,
Rinse his teeth and settle them back in place,
Ready to meet the day.







4 comments:

Barbara Rogers said...

Simply grand...expletives are inadequate!

Anvilcloud said...

This took me to unexpected places.

Thérèse said...

The blue hour! This first picture is wonderful Vicki!

Jim Egerton said...

Ok now where's the rest of it? Don't leave us suspended. Is this the beginning of a new book?It is so poetic. What ever. Thanks