These nightfall shadows erase perspective:
canyons and mesas look the same.
I never thought I’d be this old,
to live in times like these.
Ahead, a shadow across the horizon
like a black, devouring mouth from the sky,
as the sliver of moon sets behind us—
a fragment of gloom
between crescent horns,
older than hope, darker than faith.
Below, the glint of a gleaner’s scythe
in the headlights sweeping the darkened roads,
hours, days from the clock.
I never thought I’d live this long,
I’d sleep without dreaming.
is a Philadelphia poet who lives in Florida (that’s not impossible, not even particularly uncommon). In other lives, he’s been an English teacher, a speechwriter, and a screenwriter (those are not mutually exclusive, not even especially different). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Painted Bride Quarterly, Toho Journal, Passengers Journal, The Fourth River, Notre Dame Review, and Coastal Shelf. He is also co-author—with one of his former high school English students—of a nonfiction book about the successes and missteps of public education in the United States.
Author’s website: www.george-mcdermott.com