be here now with
a bleak peak outdoors
just before daylight

can you become animal enough
to admit your excitement 
at liminality is not rational

that it lives upon 
a distant cliff within you
where you are holding on by the skin

of your last
inhuman gene
to natural rhythms

and is not the same
as anticipating the alarm
that rouses you for work

be here now in
the space between slats
of these room darkening blinds

it is not bright outside
but somehow even pre-dawn
shines in this second

be here now in 
this second as it is
neither for you nor against you

that you woke before dawn 
that you felt it before you saw it
that you were in it before it started

that it is inside you
an animal stirred from sleep
before light becomes apparent

About Tony Brown

A poet with a history in slam, lots of publications; my personal poetry and a little bit of daily life and opinions. Read the page called "About..." for the details. View all posts by Tony Brown

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