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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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CHASING SUNRISE

 

Day breaks into a morning wanting

to start over,

cast on a stage too crowded, like a

celebrity

telethon with too many shadows

of their former

selves milling around undirected.

Such is my state,

jarred awake by unrehearsed chirping—─

make that barking:

a squirrel at my window calling me

out, or maybe

calling my cat out to settle some score

over yesterday's

chase or nutty rat race or some such

hunt/hunted thing,

and right on cue the alarm chimes in,

but I'm still running,

chasing sunshine out on a limb,

falling for you,

again, while dogs of mediocrity

nip at my heels,

and this old broken record skips along

the same old song.


—─Richard T. Rauch