Scarlet Four O'Clock

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four o'clock and the sun is shocked
against the sides of the buildings
and the shielded faces of the crowds
the tracks along the highlands
a train conductor with tiny hands
and miles of fences caked in rust and cloud
and me here at a door
that i've knocked upon before
although every time i swear will be the last

i wonder who would think to name a flower
scarlet four o'clock
although i can't say i've ever seen one
and who'd have thought i'd stoop so low
in the sweet and fevered glow
the sinking sun of scarlet --

four o'clock and the room is dark
except the clock on the table
though the sun will soon slip around the shade
the beggars on the corner
the business commuters
are not quite yet awake
nor is the train that rings through the hall
rattles the frames on the wall
shakes the bed, disturbs your head
as it hurries by

and who would think to name a flower
scarlet four o'clock
although i can't say i've ever seen one
and who'd have thought i'd stoop so low
in the sweet and fevered glow
the sleeping sun of
scarlet four o'clock

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from Night After Night, released August 26, 2016

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