Burning the Midnight Oil .........

Often my serenity goes missing in the
invisible sea of darkness
At least until
I arise and look away to
to the horizon of black
No .......then focus on
what I can see
on what I can do ...........
The single streetlight by the corner
Or the moon dodging this way
and that ......passing
among the windblown

And over the years I have befriended
these things
these objects of the night
the coyote in the fields
the howling winds
the snows slanting through
streetlight glow
The raucous drum circle
of rain on the barn roof
Yes like old friends and a silent nod
of the head in passing

But what would we do
without those friends
Those that require no words
no stuffy dinners
or unwelcome visits
No annoyances whatsoever
just the darkness
the solitude
and new a hope
for the silent and
invisible living
before the false dawn
And like that very dawn .......I awaken
with a new sense of knowing
where I stand
among my friends

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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

I loved it,like you just let your unconscious take hold of your words,very natural way,

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Awesome and beautiful. I love the quiet hours after midnight and many a night I'm at the computer till 3 or 4 AM. Somehow I'm more mellow, relaxed and my mind is clearer during those hours. I love seeing the dark fade away to light.

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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

You really captured how it is the simple things, the constant, everyday, little things that bring us the most peace. Well done!

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Jandee, I think my mind is actually stuck somewhere between sub-concious and conscious thought most days . ...lol..unnn what ,where am I ? Thank you my friend. But that world between is interesting!..:-}

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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Beautifully written and as always your poem has an ever flowing rhythmic melody to it that charms the soul.

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Gypsy Rose , Thank you so much ! I used to be far more a midnight man than now , but I do love the quiet!.....Be well my friend....:-}

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Poetvix , thank you and grab onto those things in life that are small pleasures and then mever let go of them! There are times when they make up for the bigger things that come and go......:-}

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

QuudsiaP, Thank you , I take your compliments to heart !You are a gifted poet!.....:-}

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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

I enjoyed reading this powerful poem. It makes me appreciate life more. I love your natural flow of words too.

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Ahh Lady E , your hub about sons and daughters has inspired a poem ....about my daughter! Thank you for that , I will dedicate it for you!......:-}

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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Beautiful, father. Like always. You brought your readers to your time and space, and show us the night from your eyes. The worst thing about living in the big city is there are no such thing as peaceful midnight so you surely make me missing countryside.

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Beautiful Freya , my daughter the writer! I have missed you ! You know I lived in the city once for about five years , I was glad to leave because I'm just a simple small town boy. There is nothing like the peace and serenity of the quiet nights ,no sounds , no lights , no traffic! But you as well know that . Peace my dear beautiful daughter!........:-} And that is a beautiful new picture of you!

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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

great depiction of country life and the creatures of nature that only few have the chance to encounter...i do love these beautiful creatures...remind me the wonderful creations of God...

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Raciniwa, Thanks my friend. You are so right about nature , it connects us to who we should BE! Glad you shared this!......:-}

summerberrie 3 years ago

Robert Frost comes to mind. Well thought out and executed!

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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

summerberrie ! My gosh thank you ! Thats way too kind !

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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

ahorseback, This is a very nice introduction for me to your work. I for one can't afford for my serenity to go missing, so I guess I'll hang onto the friends of the night that you speak of. Thanks, I look forward to reading more.

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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Cam! Thank you kind sir , I know what you mean !

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