Digital Display

Time in digital displays
summer outside the door
two zeros of luminance
bright spots on the dark
countdown to an end
times slow rotation
imperceptible movements
dragging the day to close
branded by the light
my loneliness is taunted
by the possibility beyond
that closed doors exclude
as the wait for visitation
continues as interminable torture
waiting by the stairs
zeroes fade closer
joining the dark,
like hope.

Ciaran Burke