Morning

Slowly
Steadily
Inch by imperceptible inch
It eats away
At the night
Pushing back the quiet
The peace
The solicitude
The flights of fancy
REM sleep
Replacing it with
The stark
Unyielding
Unrelenting
Reality
Of the day ahead
Glory in the breaking dawn
Capture it
Bottle it
To uncork
And savor
When the day gets long

Shades of Gray

Predawn color pallet
Gray on gray on black
with randomly scattered
splashes of bright white life

Mossy gray green trees
dance against the pale gray and yellow gray
houses and office buildings
Black streets with paler black sidewalk edgings
Enshroud dark gray lumps of humanity
sleeping in doorways

light black leaps from nowhere
to scuttle across the street

deep shiny black
reflecting the gray of impending dawn
runs rivulets beneath my bridged feet

light gray creeps
from the corners of the sky
to overtake the midnight blue black night

layers
of gray
offsetting
layers
of gray
to the tune
of black
and random white

colors begin
and the beautiful play
of gray on gray
eases into the rainbow
of morning