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Night Logger
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Emily Strauss


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Completely dark, no moon,
An entire set of stars
And portable flood lights
Shining on a pile of ghost
Logs covered in yesterday’s
Snow, the man in padded
Orange jumpsuit working
The winch, grabs each thick
Tree in icy steel fingers,
Hoists it onto the pile lying
In the trailer bed, cinches
It all down with monster
Chains, the links clanging
Into the remaining forest
White trunks at the edge
Of night, a moose stands
Invisible near the river
Watching as the truck pulls
Onto the frozen road,
Headlights glaring a wedge
Of brightness, the man
Blowing steam into stiff hands,
The radio blaring garbled
Distant voices, he’s not alone,
Downshifts into the turn
The engine bleats, lights cut
Across my bed.

© Copyright 2009 by Emily Strauss.
Used with the author’s permission.

 

 

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Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry, which she has written since college. Over 200 of her poems appear in hundreds of online venues and in anthologies. The natural world is generally her framework; she also considers the stories of people and places around her and personal historiesoften focuses on the tension between nature and humanity, using concrete images to illuminate the loss of meaning between them. A semi-retired teacher living in California, when she's not writing, Emily enjoys gardening, cooking, camping, and hiking.

 


Post New Comment:
pwax:
Not an extra word anywhere. Very nice! I especially liked "White trunks/at the edge of night"
Posted 11/17/2014 05:51 PM
hujsaked@aol.com:
Nice poem! Awake! Dawn is here! Truckmen are roaring by, In the frost, With tears in their eyes.
Posted 11/17/2014 09:01 AM
Marilyn L Taylor:
Very very effective.
Posted 11/17/2014 08:50 AM
rhonasheridan:
Another fan from over the pond. poem I much admire. Thank you -
Posted 11/17/2014 05:06 AM
Ross Kightly:
Obviously a poet who has profited from lessons by the best of all teachers. This tough/tender poem will help me downshift into the day on this side of the Pond, thank you so much. Always on the lookout for the light that cuts across!
Posted 11/16/2014 11:39 PM


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