The night devils me, sending angels
into hiding, their wings folded
like Chinese curtains.
Pool hall lights beckon the eyes, capturing the soul
into smoky veils where pale thoughts
become narrowed beneath a broken clock;
painted windows block out day.
Men absent of god and fear, strike the chalk
and then lean into shadows, their faces
half blanketed by corners.
There is destiny here. A path with an end
where ice cubes rattle and lazy air drifts down
from a fan as voices slip the hours
among empty pockets.
I served as a med-tech at MacDill AFB in Tampa Florida for three in half years during the Vietnam era. While stationed at MacDill I attended evening classes through the University of Tampa. When discharged I began studies at the University of South Florida attaining my Associate and Bachelor degrees. In 1973 I attended Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri, attaining my doctorate in 1977. While in active practice I served on the Legislative and Practice Management committees for the American Chiropractic Association, lecturing at a number of chiropractic colleges in the United States, Canada and Australia, and authoring over 50 articles pertaining to chiropractic management and legal guidelines for associates. I have maintained a solo practice for the past 34 years in upstate New York. I have four children; Abigail 32, Caleb 31 (an Army Captain and Airborne Ranger, Andrew 28 and Philip 24.