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Somewhere someone rises
far earlier than you before
the faintest glimmer blues
the darkest dark wakens
without alarm without body
roused by the nightingales
neighbor friend or stranger
who hasn't seen his sunlit
children faces a cold sink
oh caffeinated sleepwalker
march daily industry with
necessity down one flight
then up two is heaven in
someone warm beside you


Copyright © 2016 by Joseph O. Legaspi. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on September 30, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“With this poem I think of cycles. And meditate on devotion, perseverance, work, loneliness, and our vast multitudes stirring in our own private universes. How we are all someone to someone else.”
—Joseph O. Legaspi


Joseph O. Legaspi

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of Threshold (CavanKerry Press, 2017) and Imago (CavanKerry Press, 2007), winner of a Global Filipino Literary Award.

Date Published: 2016-09-30

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