One Stands Guard, One Sleeps


The Boy with Ice Eyes
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Death was hungry, needed a fix,
watched the boy with ice eyes
drive a ’64 Mustang up Potrero Hill.

Death growled, It’s getting late,
as the Mustang hovered ready to fly
down the other side of the hill.

The boy’s foot hit the gas,
Death lunged, snatched the brake hoses.
The Mustang careened at 55 mph
straight for the traffic on Third.

His ice eyes took aim to make the turn,
hands steady, the boy rammed
the Mustang into the granite wall
of the United Methodist Church.


All Hell broke loose.
Angels on duty that night
took after Death with a Flying Wedge.
Time froze, owls gasped,
the moon scooted behind the church spire.

The boy climbed out
of the demolished car
without a scratch.

Death shook off dirt from Potrero Hill,
looked at the car, looked at the boy,
spat out a feather.


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What others have said about ONE STANDS GUARD, ONE SLEEPS:

In this volume Nancy Scott surveys her life with a loving, level gaze, speaking hard truths while reserving the right to fictionalize. Whether summoning immediate family members, lovers (actual and potential), businessmen, social service clients, or herself for review, she notes merits and flaws in just, sympathetic measure. Now that she has lived long enough to be daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and divorcee, lived long enough to acknowledge death’s sway, Scott traces the signs of the times forwards and backwards, puzzling out the pattern in the drift.

James Fowler, editor of Slant, A Journal Of Poetry

Nancy Scott’s voice is unique and unforgettable. In One Stands Guard, One Sleeps, we are allowed entry into the dramas of both ordinary and extraordinary lives, her work rendered in plain diction, infused with humor. These well-crafted, powerful and poignant poems flow beautifully and carry a punch. At work here is a sure hand, a caring heart, honesty.

Wanda Praisner, author of On the Bittersweet Avenues of Pomona, Winner of the 2006 Spire Press Poetry Chapbook Competition

Copyright Nancy Scott, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-891386-32-9, 86 pages, $14.95, Plain View Press, Austin, TX.
Cover Art by Robert V.P. Davis, Front Cover:”Tree in the Pink”, Back Cover:”The Old Country.”