Small Dawn Song

Small Dawn Song

This is just to say Thank You

to the tick
of the downstairs clock
like a blind man’s stick
tap-tip on through the dark

to the lone
silly blackbird who sang
before dawn when no one
should have been listening

to the wheeze
and chink of the milk float
like an old nightwatchman clinking keys
and clearing his throat

Six o’clock and all’s well
Six o’clock and all’s well

The night’s been going on
so long
so long

This is just to say Thank You.


from <i>The All-Nite Cafe</i> (Faber, 1993), © Philip Gross 1993, used by permission of the author

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2The Twenty Sixers

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3Peter Poulter

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4Jack's Black Day

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5Mrs Stoker

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6Service

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7Africa

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8Song of the Empty Dovecote

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9At the All-Nite Café

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10Dirge for Unwin

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11Who-Man

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12Growler

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14History Lesson

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16Tales from the Dark Continent

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17Small Dawn Song

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18Between Streetlights

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19Knucklebone Yard

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20Shredded

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21Plate Glass

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22Witch Elder

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23A Funny Turn

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24Teatime, 1960

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25House of Air

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26Them

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27The Side Way Back

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28White Ones

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29Dreams of an Inland Lighthouse-Keeper

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32Fire Says

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33Stone Says

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34The Living Room

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35Rain in the Rhondda

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36Big Muddy Blues

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37Room Inside

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