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The All-Nighter or Lunacy at Dawn
by David Francis

Here comes the manpower off to work
Here comes the dancer to do the jerk
Here comes the fop to flirt his wrist
Here comes the chiropractor to do a twist

There goes the visitor who stayed the night
There goes my sanity up like a kite
There goes the elevated train on the track
Down from the hill, then it climbs back

When am I going to get some sleep
I’ve got to go to Queens to buy tickets cheap

There goes the fat man eating his snack
There goes the grown man with a child’s backpack

When am I going to get some sleep
Oh no the birds are starting to cheep

Like a white balloon merging with the light
There goes my sanity…small…faint…out of sight