Weight of Light and Dark

Approaching a shadow on the roadway
the line of a telephone pole stretched
across the road, I expect the old truck
to thump a little because a line added
to the pavement bears weight even if
infinitesimal, but no bump occurs and 
the next shadows don't register any
difference either. But if something is
added to something else, doesn't it
become heavier, just a little larger?
So a shadow becomes a ridge and 
when darkness falls, the unlit world
becomes heavier than day, but does
it make a sound? Maybe like a garage
door coming down. And do they call
daytime light because it doesn't weigh
as much? I know better of course but
what I don't know is the precise weight
of a soul that departs at night with no
light to guide it, or one that heads 
into the light of day buoyed by sun. 

GUINOTTE WISE writes and welds steel sculpture on a farm in Resume Speed, Kansas. His short story collection (Night Train, Cold Beer) won publication by a university press and enough money to fix the soffits. Three more books since. A Pushcart nominee, his fiction and poetry have been published in numerous literary journals including Atticus, The MacGuffin, Santa Fe Writers Project, Shotgun Honey and The American Journal of Poetry. His wife has an honest job in the city and drives 100 miles a day to keep it. Some work is at http://www.wisesculpture.com

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