On Nightlife

Echoes of drunken youth

Fill the sleepy city air

Alarmed birds sing out

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Songs from blackbirds

Awake under amber lights

Hope of dawn found false.

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Weary sleep disturbed

Workers wrestle with nightmares

Birdsong wakes dreamers

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Time mocks tired eyes

Becomes a slippery snake

When will peace arrive?

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Lovers enrapt lie

Barely napping under sheets

Night too short for lust

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Beneath card cover

Alcohol dead street dweller

Charity absent

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Hospital machines

Bleep and pulse in heated wards

Nurses defy death

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Fox trots around town

Snatches nuggets from waste bin

Chickens at last free

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Range of noise and light

Challenge nocturnal rhythm

Man lost to nature

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Cool autumn air shifts

Trees gently shake off last leaves

Serene moon floats past

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CLP 24/11/2018