From last year. Slightly revised since then.
January night. Moderate chill.
Fingering a wooden rosary,
I sit on the third-floor balcony
In a darkness here and there
Dotted and streaked with light.
I'm dressed in winter pajamas.
I’m hoping no one can see me
As I look up at the Hunter's belt,
Down at the parking lot.
The light traffic of Route 60
Hums within sight and hearing
Just past the hundred-yard path
In front of my apartment building.
It's thirty, thirty-five degrees.
I wrap this cold around me
And my sluggish senses waken.
I drink darkness like water
And listen for whispers of mercy
In the endless star-sparked sky.
Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas
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Written on 2018-01-29 at 08:09
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