That Other Half of Day

Watching the sunset from Alexandro Lacadena flickr.com
Watching the sunset from Alexandro Lacadena flickr.com
Coming of Night from Christopher Seufert  flickr.com
Coming of Night from Christopher Seufert flickr.com
Homeless from Alberto Ribes Quesada  flickr.com
Homeless from Alberto Ribes Quesada flickr.com
Night Homeless from Blodeuwedd  flickr.com
Night Homeless from Blodeuwedd flickr.com
the guy with the gun from Amickman  flickr.com
the guy with the gun from Amickman flickr.com
Huge Switch-Blade from Josh Highland
Huge Switch-Blade from Josh Highland

That Other Half of Day

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


Fading light clutches at the fallen sky,

while gnarled talons of darkness claw their way,

to snuff out those red hues remaining,

sacrificed to that indigo cloak pervading.


And as the chill descends,

and that surrendered orb declines,

shadows long soften and expand into endless shade,

and eyes no longer search for detail,

in the soft luminous glow of night.


Under fashioned light the world now copes,

shadows harsh in corners deep,

where ill-intent awaits for covert dramas to unfold,

and the deeds of lust and greed announce attendance.


Voices of drama and life flood the dark streets,

echoes harsh and crisp ping the hives of living,

and the very best and worst of human kind,

revel in the freedom of dark laments.


And in this, a city bleached by day,

the curse of darkness cruel and unforgiving,

damns the poor and homeless hordes,

open and vulnerable under cover of night.


The chill grows deep, and the groans in silence,

suffer the lost and helpless children of the night,

burrows shallow and open,

while those in shadows prevail,

switch-blade in hand, grimaced and without soul.


Until those talons of darkness recede,

and the sun's warmth invites life to safety,

the quiet stillness prevails,

in hope of yet another day.


Life is hard, no-one said it would be easy, and there is violence and hate around every corner. All we can do, regardless of circumstance, is to practice the art of love and forgiveness.

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed the piece uNiQue. Appreciate you taking the time to comment.


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uNicQue 3 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Beautiful writing and message.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you like it Wayne. Have a great day.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

There is enough darkness in the streets at night. We cannot allow that darkness to overwhelm our spirits as well.

Powerful and meaningful piece.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for stopping by thumbi7. So glad you like it and took the time to comment.


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India

Beautiful poem.

I do agree with you that in this short life instead of lamenting and repenting about the negatives, we must embrace life and spread the word of love.

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