The Nocturnal Life in KC

We’ve been in Kansas City for over 24 hours now, and I’m already happily adjusting to a nocturnal lifestyle. The job I’ll be working is third shift, so I’m now waking up and starting my day while most of you are closing yours down. I love it.

Living at night means no traffic, no crowds and no sun glare. I don’t have the best vision during the day, but at night we are all equally challenged. It’s cool (not that Kansas City is hot) and calm. My phone doesn’t give me dozens of notifications because everyone I know is asleep. It’s peaceful.

Kansas City itself is a nice surprise. There is a ton of stuff to do, and almost all of it is free. The wages are high and the cost of living is really low compared to what I’m used to. There are parks and green areas everywhere. In my first 24 hours I saw wild deer in the city and met up with a raccoon at the dumpster. There is low humidity and a constant breeze.

Friday morning (now my Thursday night) I go in to in-process and find out details about this job and then it’s off to explore the city. I’ll be posting photos to my Instagram feed of what we see. In the meantime, here is the poem I wrote when I woke up to face a lovely, dark day.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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