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PETER KROK: Late Night Blues

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I think about you waiting for a bus to take you to your early morning job picking up the waste of others when you’ve left so much. Much needs to be hauled away. So much needs to go. I've thought about you rising in the early morning to get to the bus stop by 5:45. I've imagined you poised between darkness and dawn on a corner standing with a lit Marlboro. The many times I tossed you a ball and taught you how to stretch your swing and plant your feet at the plate. Now you must make your own stance. You never liked your glasses. Contacts cover now the failings of your natural sight. May you find the vision to see the light. May the needle’s end not be your end. The last withdrawal have been your last. May the double-dealer not spot you in an alley seeking the fix that is no fix. May the yellow star that hails the way find you on the corner waiting. May morning find you rising.

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Late Night Blues

Same blues feeling twists through the evening. You’ve been here before. A moth hovers against the kitchen light. Time dozes under fenders like a cat's stare. Somewhere a siren screams thru wounded streets. The whine scratches the linings of nerves. You sit at the edge of your eyeball and stare at the burning ash. Loneliness cuts the hours and your life.

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