Next door,
the neighbors are still sleeping.
Down the street the paper boy is evading a stray dog,
barely

Downtown a policeman is parked at a quiet intersection
drinking coffee and hoping for a boring shift
a picture of his injured partner taped to his dashboard

20 miles away,
in your apartment, you are still sleeping, as I
get up to get ready for work

I'll call you after 9, when I know you are awake,
even though you won't answer
I'll get to hear your voice

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