Late Hours

Charles Edward York 1966 (Saigon, Vietnam)



Late Hours

Lights going off signal the late hours
Here no stars shine and ripple
Darkness drapes the colors
And silence blankets the air
Thoughts lay down their limbs
And certain emotions
Worry, wickedness
And sadness
Give off their weighty scents
Not to relieve anyone
But to descend
Into the fatigue of souls
And uninvited nightmares.

Fortunately this very late hour here
Softens the blow with drinks
And the sound of Bill Evans
Playing his piano
Miles Davis blowing his trumpet
John Coltrane flowering me
With his saxophone
And Billy Holiday
Singing her blues
And the thought of you
Sultry, sensitive and sensual
Reminding me it’s bedtime
And time for naked love.

Copyright © 2023 Charles Edward York
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it’s never to late for intimacy

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Written on June 06, 2023

Submitted by charlesedwardyork on June 06, 2023

Modified by charlesedwardyork on June 06, 2023

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Scheme ABAXXCDDXXXXX XXCXXXXXXXBXX XX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 932
Words 162
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 13, 13, 2

Charles Edward York

Charles Edward York is an author and poet activist living in Plano, Texas. He’s written over 1400 poems and published 17 books of poetry. Born in Vietnam and raised a citizen in Dallas, Texas, he writes poems that include the subjects of love and relationships, nature, social justice, including police violence against African-Americans and minorities, astronomy and others. more…

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