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A Gloomy Poem - Jan. 8, 2023

a day to never return

descends in gray water

the night will drown

written in black ink

because that’s how it will end

without fanfare or encore

for it never struggles

never swims and tomorrow

again will float till it sinks

the moment of death

unseen unmourned

surrendered silence

and with a click I see

the dogs are already in their

evening spots on the sofa

as the yellow lamplight

spreads to the back sliders

and the ebony wall of night

and somewhere beyond that

that gulp in the darkness

I never heard


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