Darkness at Noon

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The sun it does not rise
And the kids they do not play
No one's laughing in the street now
All the faces are grim and gray
Birds are scattering unbeholden
To the sound of ricochet

All around there is singing
But the song it has no tune
Shut the drapes and kill the light
It is darkness at noon
Hey oh, hey oh
It is darkness at noon

A crowd is milling on the platform
And the train it does not arrive
Smoke billows on the horizon
A panic is in overdrive
A single thought shoots like a bullet
It is queer to be alive

We are lost and we are lonely
In a land of broken dreams
We are lost and we are lonely
We are tearing at the seams

The day it veers toward twilight
But it's not like you could tell
Snow's crunching under sneakers
In the distance rings a bell
A crow is winging overhead
Hello and farewell

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from Barbaric Poems, released March 11, 2017

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