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Syndic No.45 ~ Bob Garmston

Night Fall

Written and Narrated by Bob Garmston

Oregon

Nightfall

shadows

lenghten

dark

boundnowhere

tracks

freight cars

rumble

wobble

clang

lurch

thisway

’nthat

clickity boom

gasping youths

sprint along

rocking cars

desperate

to grab

ladders

just out of reach

launching

small bodies

                        to boxcar sides

hanging on

momentum swells

cooling breeze

voices

juvenile

fade

behind

Oakland tracks

 

 

Oh dusk

this remembered ache

yearning a small place

unassailably private

to sleep,

secure

alone

this uncertainty

so many nights

repeat

 

on this mild night

tiniest ants

busying

thiswaynthat

under where

the skinny boy

hides

billboard

for shelter

endless night

burrowing below

the bloodshot eyes

of  circling police

where was Gilbert?

freeway

off ramp or on?

San Rafael

 

another night

summerlike below

low branches

brushing ground

city park

oh Sixteen!

crusted levis

early dawn

                  peeeeee

cola for the day

San Francisco

 

or drizzling night

ceaseless rain

coldncolder

shivering

atop

steaming horse

lowered head

darkest barn

this

horse

warm

horse

smell

south of the city

morning

and

hitchhike again

 

or sweet lumber

essence

pine beams

layers

thiswaynthat

arranged carefully

left at night

alone

till small hands

quietly modify

create cave

safe for

a furtive body

a bed

harboring

assurance

refuge

San Diego

 

or Healdsburg

toastily warm

embers

             dance

inside   

beehive cones

tunneling  underneath

DON’T

don’t SLEEP

unexpectedly

exits may fill

under fluttering  ash

a blanket

last sleep

so warm

so warm

 

 

or further north

shivering

body

trembling  

aching

bathroom floors

are cold

in winter service stations

told to leave

found

faded lobbies

instead

undeterred

pretending to belong

grim chairs

quickly dispatched

several places

finding finally

and at last

no better

even worse

lying down

ice berg

station wagon

car lot

Eureka

 

warmer finally

narrow cot

thin blanket

nighttime noise

clang

behind bars

city jail

 

or south again

rooftops

gained by

nearby fence

flat

safe

safest

safer

until

rolling over

corner puddles 

rainy night

 

warm

once more

bars once more

double decker cot

whispered voices

across a butt

smooth child butt

roving hand stroking

‘til I screamed

Juvie Hall

 

rjg 9/27/21

 

 

 

 

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