Sunday, July 01, 2007

Night Shift

power knob
image enhanced by dsnake1
from a photo from

Ah, digging deep into my reserves again. Hardly have time to write anything this week, and if there is that little bit of time, the words just wouldn't come.

Yes, I am posting an old poem again. Have a glimpse of what work I do (or rather used to).

Night Shift

we sit and stare at computer screens
while most people sleep, and dream.
the draughts howl through air-con ducts
whimpering like a wounded dog.
out of the hush a phone rings.
we need to check on a data link.

3a.m. and sleep creeping in
the chugging of printers
churning out volumns
of monotonous messages.
the mag tapes whirl jerkily
digesting mountains of data.

a repair team returns
pack their tools and stretches,
cursing anything under the moon.
the large alarm panel buzzes
flashing a red angry light.
the boss scans some printouts

and decides that we need to take another ride.
another repair team goes out into the night.

29/30 apr 1990

Not a very good piece, I must say. :)

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Blogger polona said...

i think it describes the tedium of night shifts quite well :)

02 July, 2007 03:49  
Blogger floots said...

loved that wounded dog image
thank you - i've done night shifts (many years ago) and you have my sympathy
this brought it back

02 July, 2007 14:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you! the initial problem is trying to stay awake, but after a while, you will get used to it. :)

you too? :)
I don't do night shifts now.

02 July, 2007 22:34  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

Sounds of the night coming out...

"the draughts howl through air-con ducts"

03 July, 2007 16:42  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you!
and i get to look like a zombie too.:D

03 July, 2007 22:19  
Blogger Rax said...

i liked the sounds of this. specially in the second stanza, chugging of printers. I could practically hear it. i also liked the wounded dog and the moon image. wonderful play on juxtaposition of very much awake and alive in the middle of the night.

04 July, 2007 12:09  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

yes, we have to be pretty alert in the middle of the night. :)
thanks for liking the images.

04 July, 2007 22:15  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Worked the nightshift years ago. Hated it.

05 July, 2007 06:37  
Blogger magiceye said...

used to work in night shifts too but at the airport hence would be extremely busy right time to nod off... was fun though!

05 July, 2007 18:49  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

you too, pat? :)

night shift is fun?
actually, it's not so bad, we have allowances for working that shift. :)

05 July, 2007 22:34  
Anonymous gel (emerald eyes) said...

I like it when you post old work. It gives more glimpses into you.
I sure feel the drudgery here. (and understand it, as a listener;it's my husband's field.)
Terrfic line "whimphering like a wounded dog!"

06 July, 2007 13:46  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I read this at the right time - it's 1:00 AM here now. I can "feel" it. :)

06 July, 2007 14:08  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

yes, maybe my older works do let my readers know a bit more about me. :)

and i like reading your opinions, whether in your comments here or the writings in your blog.

you are a night owl too. :)

06 July, 2007 23:22  

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