Aug 14, 2021

clouds hide the stars


sunrise is still over an hour away 

full-on darkness outside

no moon

clouds hide the stars 

going outside for a breath of air 

I hear some early morning sounds 

a freight train to my west

it’s moving north through town very slowly

a neighbor’s cat wails mournfully 

I can’t see it but I know which one

closer is the coo of a dove 

and so I add my own voice 

to this pre-dawn cacophony

“ hello world, I’m still here”



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