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Andrena Zawinski: Twilit Sonnet

In twilight’s dusky backstreets and muted alleys,

the dispossessed huddle for the evening

in boxes or sleeping bags, under freeways,

at doorways, inside storage bins. They retreat


to the bleak hum at the margins of byways

some babbling narratives or needling about,

others planning a way out, a way away,

wandering through fleeting corners of comfort.


Just one more night, like sparrows and pigeons,

they stake their place, tucking into themselves,

roosting deep into nooks along city ledges,

inside cavities of trees. Once sheltered,


their public pieces of darkened parcels

eclipse beneath the wayward heavens.


Copyright 2017 Andrena Zawinski. From her collection Landings published by Kelsay Books.

2 comments on “Andrena Zawinski: Twilit Sonnet

  1. Leo
    June 22, 2018

    Ms Zawinski shows even the saddest, most horrific can still be expressed in lovely, flowing lines. Just found my next book to add to my meager collection.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. thenotesonmyphone
    June 22, 2018

    This is wonderfully balanced, brilliantly poetic, without being ignorant. I find the animalistic metaphors a bit dodgy though.

    Liked by 1 person

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