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Poetry of Issue #8        Page 12

THROW LIGHT ON SHADY PLACES

Turn up the beam to the max
Freeze them in their tracks
Put them in the spotlight
Flush them from the cracks.

Watch them scurry from the light
Take off into malignant flight
As they scatter
All that matters
Is vanishing into the night.

When the light is dimmed
They come crawling in
Creating a terrible din
Always with us
Never apart
Posing deep questions
We’ve only skimmed
Maybe we’ve always sinned.

  Howard Pflanzer