Terminator Line

It is always dawn and dusk
Time moves on geographically
The terminator line marches inexorably
Round and round the planet
Smoothed across the sparkling Pacific
Cut to shreds by jagged mountains
Rippled across desert dunes
Unnoticed in the mega-cities
Each second brings a thousand tiny awakenings
A thousand tiny refugees from sleep
A thousand predatory opportunities
A thousand closings

Copyright © 2016 Kim Whysall-Hammond

First published at https://inbetweenhangovers.wordpress.com/

29 thoughts on “Terminator Line

  1. Very nicely done Kim, and one that deserves reposting and rereading. I remember describing this line as a littoral arc in a poem about the night shift in my book The Human Hive, but my poem didn’t develop the theme in the way you have done so imaginatively: time moving geographically. Beautiful poem!

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  2. I’ve always been fascinated by the simple reality that one moment is so different in so many places for so many people. Your poem with it’s “terminator line” just brought it to life for me. Nice!

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  3. “Each second brings a thousand tiny awakenings
    A thousand tiny refugees from sleep
    A thousand predatory opportunities
    A thousand closings”
    wow, very well written, loved those last 4 lines, i could feel the earth turning with each detail in your poem, agan, very well expressed

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  4. Now you’ve made me look up “terminator line” and I’m glad I did. A compact and intriguing poem, Kim. I particularly like the last 4 lines. A belated happy new year…JIM

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