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A London Stage for Chuck

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A London Stage for Chuck

There is always a way, the optimist says, 
Yet the creak of life’s tensions groan low,
They shadow the quake that the floor he walks makes,
And the air as it travels says so.
See the mist pale & thick,
It caresses each tip, every leaf, every needle and frond,
He smiles a wide smile at a metallic knell
Like sweet chiming bells,
Speaking scenes to his minds inner eye.
The paleness surrounds like great steam clouds,
Then a strong rasping sound cuts in with a short rhythmic note,
He sees a blue breaking through, the white tendrils grow few,
 he gazes on grey shining ribbons of track
With a curve running clean through fields of sage green.
Wheat silos by pale gold hay stacks.
Then with curses and clumps the foreman climbs up and
Hauls another rasping board to his stage,
“Hey grab hold of this mate! You’re making us late”,
As a bucket of clamps clatters down!
So with a spanner in hand he re-joins the gang,
And puts his hand to a galvanised pole,
It’s cold and damp to his grip, and he feels his heart dip,
As he thinks on the life he now lives,
Lost in terraces grey while for hours he slaves,
So far from his Wichita home,
With his quiet English wife and two children besides,
And soon into a nursery they'll go.
But dear God in heaven the sign said 7 to 7,
Is that the start to a balanced home life?
© Joe Maverick 2010

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  1. Date: 10/20/2014 11:37:00 AM
    Wichita!"Dear God in heaven!" I've never been to London, unfortunately, but Wichita! Lots of cool people leaving that there town. Good stuff, Joe. Congrats on the selection. Love, daver

  1. Date: 10/20/2014 5:30:00 AM
    excellent piece deep touching beautifully penned piece

  1. Date: 12/27/2013 8:28:00 PM
    Hi, Joe, Your muse is at its highest in this poem, Congratulations on the fine win,

  1. Date: 12/27/2013 11:17:00 AM
    It's touching. I comprehend the feeling of the man who honestly strives in life for what he believes is correct.. 12 hours; I am familiar with that, too. Very good, realistic poem, Maverick. G.

  1. Date: 12/27/2013 9:39:00 AM
    LOL Joe, such an enjoyable write that sounds like an old pub song--congrats

  1. Date: 12/27/2013 1:41:00 AM
    Hello Joe,, .. CONGRATULATIONS -thank you for supporting my contest. Wishing you the best when it comes to Health and Happiness, this coming New Year! always~ Linda

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 3:13:00 PM
    what a thoughtful write, Joe. Hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine : )

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 7:15:00 AM
    A menagerie of arresting metaphor and imagery(at the beginning), Joe!:) Followed by what feels like the crux and core of the write. Sad to leave one's wife and children behind when taking on jobs. Sometimes the only way...7 to7.:( Beautifully and wisely written, Joe! Best wishes, Love, Mikki

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 7:14:00 AM
    A menagerie of arresting metaphor and imagery(at the beginning), Joe!:) Followed by what feels like the crux and core of the write. Sad to leave one's wife and children behind when taking on jobs. Sometimes the only way...7 to7.:( Beautifully and wisely written, Joe! Best wishes, Love, Mikki

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 8:15:00 AM
    Great one from a man's point of view of working a steady job but having to give up life with the home and family that he loves..Enjoyed reading..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 11/8/2010 8:50:00 PM
    yes, many are 7 to 7 these days and getting even less pay than a couple of years ago. you have captured well this circumstance, Joe.And you are my last poem of the night. I am trying to set time limits. I am over tonight by 15 min. Gotta try hard to do BETTER! LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 10/22/2010 2:11:00 PM
    enjoyed reading today.

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 3:45:00 PM
    Nice narrative write 7 to 7 a start to acivilised home life, Joe

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 3:35:00 PM
    A wonderful poem, 7to7.. nice, have a wonderful day,..p.d.