Up At Night

By Michael Aaron Gallagher

Up at night
it is you by the fire
gracing me with the
pendulous furtherance of insomnia
proudly donned by your inquisitive nature

I listen for the crackling
of the mesquite firelogs
the red-orange embers
exploding like a fireworks show
through the screen

The smoked aroma leaves
nothing to be desired, except perhaps
a brief reverie from the monotony
of mid-evening

Your voice is less familiar now
As it bends away from the light
a gentle numbness guides my
tranquil body from afar.

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Excerpt from Michael Aaron Gallagher’s unpublished book of poetry titled “Firefly.” Copyright © 2003.

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