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VERNON WARING : The Universe Tilts & other poems the universe tilts
Five O'Clock Whistle

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the universe tilts

what happens when you're a child and your mother sits silent in a room staring at you her mind dwelling in some secret unreachable place even your name escapes her _____ what happens when your father vanishes in a haze of smoke a sea of drink a toppled monarch in the kingdom of your youth _____ and what happens when your heart breaks the universe tilts stars blink and fade your heart shatters like a miniature army of glass soldiers... broken, scattered everywhere a thousand armless heroes

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Five O'Clock Whistle

It blows, and suddenly the pavements are filled With men and women going everywhere, But none are going anywhere. Women in pretty dresses are not going to dances. Yesterday was long ago When tomorrow set shimmery curls in their hair And summer slipped a diamond on their fingers. Men in soiled denims are not going on safaris. Yesterday was long ago When adventure held the scent of salt-air And their names were on the roll-call of ambition. The whistle is a smokescreen, And somewhere, on the other side, Lies the "Open Sesame" of youth

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