Bio Note: After years in other countries, including 25 in the US, I retired to my childhood hometown of Governor's Harbour in the Bahamas to read, write and edit poetry. For those who like formal or traditional verse, you might enjoy the Potcake Chapbooks I edit for Sampson Low in the UK; they have been well reviewed by Light. "Out Island Town in the Early Morning" was published in The HyperTexts.
Out Island Town in the Early Morning
Before the sun is up, the people are. Fishermen have gone out, for noon’s fierce light Will punish them, and their desires are slight: To sell their catch, drink cold beer by a bar. The workers hitch rides with some early car That will go fairly near their building site. Women prep kids’ meals, feeling it’s not right , To have to leave to clean some tourist spa. Only the unemployed and office staff Still sleep while roosters crow and seagulls laugh, And the light rising in its eastern glow Shows Harbour houses in a double row, One on the Cay, the other upside down Painted on windless glass, a mirror town.
©2020 Robin Helweg-Larsen
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