A Longing For Light by Michael Brownstein

When a man steps out at dawn, it seems to him he has lived his whole life to create something dark

–            Robert Bly, “The Ship’s Captain Looking Over the Rail”

When a man drives through the night,

he is transformed to a world changed my darkness.

Three AM, a shivering glow of false dawn

and he watches vibrations within white lines,

a pitch in the road, one mile marker, then anoptehr.

There are entries in every life when silence

weights down so hard energy is wasted.

He begins to sweat, looks to the east, then west,

wishes for even the slightest curve of the moon.

There is nothing. Suddenly he is grass under a tent.

The man needs night to end so he can eat the sun.

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