Putting on the lights just now

On the outside and parking lots…

Reminded me of little duels

We had at certain spots.

The shifts back then had two of us

Working together…

And who did what had to be fought,

Depending on the weather.

When the outside lights went on

Was the province of the Desk…

One light switch for the porch

The “At Large” guard could wrest.*

With two-guard shifts behind me,

Except during daytime…

I only have myself to control

And that is so sublime!


–Jonathan Caswell

* “wrest”…an older form…the base word of “wrestle.”






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