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The Sanguine Light of November
by Robert Edward Levin

Sunday, August 27, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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The sanguine light over Puget Sound
rises to undress the restless soul
of November, while I open my front door,
a shadow still grazing on the dust
of midnight dreams, and slip into the day
unnoticed. The street is long, narrow,
a cobblestone place-setting for the stir
of nomadic echoes, and I am, at once,
a child again; flush with anticipation,
daunted by uncertainty, I walk as I have
always walked, white-laced, empty-handed;
this steel gray dawn hanging by the tattered
threads of windswept clouds.

Along the waterfront the face of afternoon
drifts quietly, its eyes marking the path
its body will soon reach; so I sit,
hungry for its promise to land
upon my shoulders, and wait; content
to remain in the sobering embrace
of an indifferent breeze, while slivers
of blue glass break over my fingers,
and rigid, ocher sands, whisper and moan
under my shifting weight; standing,
withdrawing, only when the mountains,
perched high and leaning, are lost
behind shrouds of salted mist.

Dusk seeps in from every corner, the resin
of its pallid fingers drawing dark curtains
around the shoulders of tall, pale-faced
buildings. Streetlights blink to life,
harried voices, shuffling feet, skip
across the pavement, beleaguered tokens
of another day, and I move effortlessly,
until the clarity of night pending is stained
by the rueful smile of a friendship
that could have been, a friendship that will
never be, and I am, at once, a child again;
flush with anticipation, daunted by uncertainty,
I nod, then wander off, a friend unto myself.

Robert Edward Levin
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Reviewed by Tracey Hardie 9/13/2006
Robert .. I have missed reading you.. this is excellent.. you always pull me into your words/world.
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 9/1/2006
and wait; content
to remain in the sobering embrace
of an indifferent breeze,

this is incredible work..poignant lines indeed..
Welcome to AD Robert!

Vesna :)
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 9/1/2006
Excellent work. Thank you.

Reviewed by Jane Rodway 8/27/2006
This is excellent writing, it almost borders on a short story because your descriptions make the reader want to hear more. I hope you write fiction as well as poetry.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/27/2006

This is so well-written. I enjoyed this.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Sue Hess 8/27/2006
you have the gift of prose, as i read the flowing words, my mind can follow you down those streets, feeling the breeze...this was wonderful

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