After Hours

These ghosts are not the dead,
They are the sounds of that day’s living,
Who crowd these halls. But they left
Hours ago ——

They’ve left a sort of residue
Of loneliness, and violence,
And heartaches, dizzy-spun, like

There’s terror in this emptiness,
As voices, loud in chaos,
Fill up my ears, and make
My insides shake —

The after hours, madness wrung
Out of despair and Pine-sol,
And bodies torn by more than hearts
Can take

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