Damon Allen

He Toils On
by Ann Christine Tabaka

In between the shadows,
darkness seeks the dawn.
Most slumber in this hour.
He prepares for his day.

At five o’clock he labors,
before the birds awake.
The world may still be silenced,
but the builders still must build.

Scouting out supplies
to fill orders that were placed.
equipment and tools.

Trucks loaded,
he moves on to the next task.
People need materials,
that he must provide.

Many coworkers
have fallen to the plague.
He continues doing what he must do,
tirelessly answering the call.

We think of first responders,
postal workers and grocery clerks,
all heroes in this siege.
Sometime we forget the rest.

Hardware and building supply stores
deemed essential,
He is there for all of us,
even when we are not aware.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This poem is dedicated to all the essential workers who work the backlines (instead of the frontlines), the ones who are sometimes forgotten.  My son, Damon Allen, is in charge of filling all the orders for contractors at the Home Depot store in Newark, Delaware.  He is up at 3:45 each morning and on the job by five, working hard every day so that the builders can continue to work during this pandemic. There have been reported positive cases of Covid at his store, but he remains faithful to his job. 

PHOTO: The author’s son, Damon Allen at the Home Depot where he works in Delaware. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is the winner of Spillwords Press 2020 Publication of the Year, and her bio is featured in the “Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020,” published by Sweetycat Press. Internationally published, she has won poetry awards from numerous publications. Her work has been translated into Sequoyah-Cherokee Syllabics and into Spanish. She is the author of 11 poetry books and has recently been published in several micro-fiction anthologies and short story publications.  A resident of Delaware, where she lives with her husband and four cats, she loves gardening and cooking. Her most recent credits are The American Writers Review; The Phoenix; Burningword Literary Journal; Muddy River Poetry Review; The Write Connection; The Scribe, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Foliate Oak Review, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore. Visit her at annchristinetabaka.com and on her Amazon author’s page.