Keeping the Darkness Out


How fast the sun arrives
And disappears, its arc

Belongs to yesterday
As whiskey and cigarettes

Future forward.
The night turns to lust

To keep the darkness out.
We are addicted to

The warmth of bodies
Genuflecting bedposts,

Praying we survive
The heat of battle

Until light brings
A cold tomorrow.

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About Kirby Wright

Kirby Wright was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic. He is the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in the islands. You can learn more about Kirby at Wikipedia.

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