Lightly Dark

Darkness descends
even into sunny days

dark moods
have no merry
ordinary shadows

dark moods stifle
the daylight casts

Casts play their intrigues
like stevedores who
lose cargo at a dock, where

the doomed wait for freight that’s
frittered to scraps of letters read
on such moody cruises,
happiness overboard,
overdone claimed stakes

uneaten steaks,
smashed chairs, and
washouts only done.

Like a ship on blues
the playful cast is set,
the games rig the sails
though the games are rigged,
cast on stormy seas thus

an ensemble cast is skewed
in moody milieu, and

a darkness
awaits me for
the coup de grâce

— Douglas Gilbert