WAITING FOR THE DAWN

 

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Tonight they will sleep fitfully

Beneath the starry skies

Cowed by violent history,

Bloody whims and lies.

 

As tangible anticipation

Seeps across the plains,

The dreaming of a waiting nation

Effuses through their veins.

 

Rising wisps of wood fire smoke

Through the night-time air

Are heavy with the fear of hope,

And wishes not quite there.

 

(this was written the evening before Kenya’s general election)

See also Fireflies Under African Skies

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About Alex Barton

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4 Responses to WAITING FOR THE DAWN

  1. jthoenes2012 says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way you write Alex. In fact, you’ve inspired me to give poetry a go ..watch >>outofworkdj.wordpress.com<< this space! x

    • Alex Barton says:

      Aahh – thank you so much 🙂 Yes, you should def give it a go! Poetry is hugely addictive & such a great way of putting off all sorts of boring chores!

  2. okeating says:

    That’s very powerful stuff, Alex. You have a gift!

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