Sharing the Night Alone
The stars show no concern tonight rolling over like a lover stealing sheets;
shoulder blades for knives
against whatever warmth
you may have shared now
that what you took for love is done.
And sleep crawls on all fours
as those needle point lights
shine through shirt cuff clouds
for any spade needs another
to enact its namesake
on this cold Autumn night.
Who sleeps alone will go alone.
Who goes alone will leave alone.
Richard K. Ostrander's work published in Heron Clan V Poetry Anthology, Peach Magazine (www.peachmgzn.com), and Issa's Untidy Hut. Richard has two books, The Epic of Hell Freeze and The Metaphysicians Daughter, both published by BlazeVOX Books. Richard will be sharing some of his work on 18 October for the West End Poetry Festival in Carrboro, NC.