The Night Shift

by | Feb 20, 2019 | Poetry

The dishes in the sink, the hair in the drain,
the mud tracked into the smallest corners.

No matter how many sins you confess
the priest will ask for more.

Your child playing with the ogres
in the dark forests of his cellphone.

Your dog skitters over to the neighbors
who will not give him back.

Night Shift by Daniel Bourne

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About The Author


Daniel Bourne’s books of poetry include The Household Gods and Where No One Spoke the Language. His poems have appeared in Field, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Guernica, Salmagundi, Shenandoah, Yale Review, Prairie SchoonerMid-American Review, The Journal, PlumeWhiskey Island and others. The recipient of four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence grants in Poetry, he teaches in English and Environmental Studies at The College of Wooster in NE Ohio, where he is the editor of Artful Dodge. Since 1980 he has also lived in Poland, including 1985-87 on a Fulbright for the translation of younger Polish poets as well as most recently from August to October of 2018, working again with Polish writers on the translation of their work.