Changing the Watch


Words whispered

in calm, still air

colder than the dawn.

From this watchtower

we see the future

come on.

An uninterrupted march,

but we make

no enemy of time.

There will be a change

when we come off the line.

You kept me in the moment.

The here and the now.

With words spoken

and vows never broken.

There were no others,

but my brothers

on their own watchtowers,


and far across the ocean.

The light of day comes,

and I must say

a good-bye

that I have feared

for my whole life,

but it is time.

All of us

must cross

the great divide.



HG – 2021

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