Geoffrey Aitken

wake-up call

it

hurtles

into my waking

this 

morning light

savagely

shakes

the night

from

my rising

slowly shades

the colour

of my imagining

as i prepare

to volunteer

at

the op shop

where

i serve

a disparate clientele

           that clothes itself

           in seconds

Geoffrey Aitken is a recovering schizophrenic and former Senior School English teacher who is writing cathartically for those without a voice. He is an emerging poet here in South Australia and published by Underground Writers: Issue 27 & 28 (AUS), the U.S. journals Glass Journal: Poets Resist, Flashes of Brilliance and Sparks of Calliope, and Aesthetica and Militant Thistles, both in the UK. He is not after-dinner suburban congeniality and though older, still requires supervision.