Good Morning Work

Be patient with me
on my first day
returned from
the hospital,
so we may renew
our old acquaintance
to the applause
of mechanical clicks
and clacks
as machines
start up the next run
of two color
printed handbills
that some
band groupie
will staple
to every
telephone pole
on the trendy
east side.

copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney


It was evening all day long.
I mean, dismal gray all day long.

It threatened to snow.
but never made good on the threat.

All the houses and cars
wore a salted shade of dirty.

Corner bars were packed.
Angels in Milwaukee, hallucinatory.

Reason’s guard asleep in the sentry box.
Mistletoe abundantly hung from hanging lights.

copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney