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Toward Ten O'Clock

Rain storms the city,
liquor
siphons the night crowds from the streets -
ale and ice, lager -
the hotel crouches under rain,
slurred voice and muffled light,
and water puzzles down the paving,
washing the roads where the neon sinks
red, amber, green.
Within,
bulk beer in chorus:
at the bar,
hands busy the city
for the lawful thuggery
of voices and traffic in terminal tumult.



Publication details: "Toward Ten O'Clock" was published in "Chaff", a student newspaper published in New Zealand. Publication date: 1976 September 13. It was posted on the Internet by Hugh Cook on 2003 September 20 Saturday. Copyright © 1976, 2003 Hugh Cook. All rights reserved.




Cicada Sun

In the cicada's season, down at the Cove, we watched
The long swell which banks the summer berm
In tangles of scintillating mica, cracked shell,
Black seaweed brittle below earth's kikuya swell;
Blue-blazing Pacific and polarized sun.



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