The Nights Speak



There must be a place
where the essence of
dissimilar concepts
may reside in harmony
under one common light

Surely, there is a place
where the jagged pieces
are melted down once more
into their original form
to create a new mirror

A double-sided mirror;
a bidirectional gateway
from you, to me,
from them, to they,
from us, to Him

My reflection has shattered
far too many times
for the pieces to be remade
into a whole, without
the guidance of alchemy


to turn black into gold,
molding raw into fine,
designing new life




~~~~~




Seeing through the static
gazing through the fire
to separate the healer
from the destroyer

Crumbling all around
the illusions we built
the facades we trust
unveiling creation

Creation supersedes
casting aside claustrophobia
extinguishing doubt
determining lost and found

If only we all could save ourselves...




~~~~~




A rose wilted tonight,

and far too soon,

after blooming,

it suffocated and died

on the surface of the moon


The stars exchanged rumors,

while the Earth remained silent,

in arrogance, secluded

from the heavens that surround it


I sustain life,

in my gardens of rose

Come, and abide,

in my white light, and grow




~~~~~




Mystery, curiosity,

vastness, to explore


Touch, be touched,

feel, be felt


Give, take,

but never take too much


Live, breathe, little gifts

from the atmosphere


Lie, deceive,

but only if you dare


to reap, to receive

the natural consequence




~~~~~




One by one

they fell from my wanting gaze

I watched them fade

One for all, and all for one

a chance to find

an end to endless time




God only knows the power of her vice,

or the way she stopped me short

of even one more breath I was dying to take

Our first hello and last goodbye

became trapped in a single moment

that no amount of time could ever revive

even if eternity looped forever




© copyright Ben D.A 2011



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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Dim - I am very happy that you think that, and thanks for visiting. It was brought to your attention by somebody? If so, I'm flattered

Thanks again


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

l was so pleased that this was brought to my attention. You have a gift, for sure.

The poetry is beautiful, but l rated up and awesome too.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Jessica, that comment was just perfect :P

thank you for that...I needed it badly

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jessica.written. 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

you have a way of creating normal thought into something that grows with each coming word. i can always tell that your thoughts are ones that fester, ones that are rooted deep within your soul and you take that thought and turn it into a bud that blooms into a readers understanding. its simple, which makes it all the more complex. your too deep to be simple. and yet too easily explained to be misinterpreted.

such a little prodigy.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

4elements - That comment made me smile really big! :] thank you so much for that!


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4elements 5 years ago

The flow to this was greatly beautiful. Each line shows your exceptional talent. You are one of the best writers That I have a pleasure of reading here on Hubpages. Blessings. Peace, love, and Light!


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Nellie - Your observations are very appreciated and accurate. I wrote these a few nights ago, while I was feeling extremely depressed, almost suicidal. For the first time...instead of negative/dark things coming out during that state of mind, these did. I was surprised how light they were. Thank you for your visit/comment, means a lot to me always :}


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Ben, Ben! Each of these somehow complements and assists the others. I can't say which is best - they all are. I love the message of the first one, exhorting differences to learn to blend or at least to mutually abide together, - to coexist. Without that happening, the future looks grim. And you've expressed it so effectively, noting that success in it is the design for new life to emerge. The second is wistful and poignant but expressed that same need in a different way. Then the wilted rose seems to rise above it - perhaps from the ashes of failure to heed the first exhortations, it must rise to the challenge - or perish?

The next one is so personal. I love these lines:

"Give, take,

but never take too much

. . . . Lie, deceive,

but only if you dare

to reap, to receive

the natural consequence"

Yegads - it's an entire manifesto for personal behavior. It's sufficient to ponder for quite awhile.

Excellent. That is how I'd rate it.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

sage - that comment was astoundingly flattering, coming from a new reader. Thanks, it means a great deal to me, always. Please come back again


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Sage Williams 5 years ago

Astoundingly beautiful. It's hard to find words that describe the momentous fluidity of your art of writing. A river of emotions that connect deep and resonate in ones soul. The harmony and rhythm continue to beat. I am so grateful to have stumbled upon your writing. Voted up and Awesome!

Sage


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

lol Ian you'll never grow up :D


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

And thank you for that, Ben,

When I grow up, I want to be just like you.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

nikki - thank you very much, I like that verse very much myself

Ian - oh I have been hearing how I'm a sage and an old soul for a while, and I take it as a compliment. Thank you so much for your choice of words in that comment, and if I recall, you have written some utterly mind-blowing poetry in my opinion. I just haven't been reading enough...sigh..


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Ben, I am astounded by your poetry. I find it very difficult to imagine that you are still a young man... hardly a boy, and yet your poetry has such depth and beauty and your choice of words is stunning.

I don't go with that "old souls" crap, but if I did, I would tend think that you have been around for a hell of a long time, my friend.

Stunning. I am very, very impressed.


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

if only we could all save ourselves... great set of poems, i liked the first one about mirrors a lot. great concept. "My reflection has shattered

far too many times

for the pieces to be remade..."


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

silvergenes and arb - thank you both so very much for visiting and commenting. It's been a while for both of you and I am happy to see you visiting :D


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arb 5 years ago from oregon

Well done Ben! There are those that think and those that write. There are a few who think and then write and they give birth to thinking in others. Therein, lies the gift!


SilverGenes 5 years ago

Kali and Shiva are what comes to mind for me when I read this. The duality essential to life is evident in each piece and leaves me wondering what will next rise from the ashes. Nicely done, Ben.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Sara - HAHAHA you flatter me WAY too hard. :D lol

thank you I love how you react to my poems, it's amazing.

Feel free to share/quote all you want :]


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Qudsia - I'm glad you read it, your input is always lovely to me. I really do love this one so much. Thank you very much


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Uriel 5 years ago from Lebanon

BEn???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

I am sorry but this is way toooo epic for anyone to read :D:D can i quote you on fb ? please:?

There is one part of the poem that made my inner soul JUMP out and scream "THIS PERSON really understands me!!!"

GOD this was epic thanks for posting it on mY FB:D:D:D


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

God... I am so glad you told me about this one Ben! This one is something special. Your fluidity, the harmony, the emotions blended within the words.

The music accompanied with the words gave me goosebumps. How you switch back and forth between your primal thought and then the universe. How you blend nature within your essence. This s truly a remarkable piece Ben. Though it is hard to pick a favourite still, my favourite is:

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Seeing through the static

gazing through the fire

to separate the healer

from the destroyer

The stars exchanged rumors,

while the Earth remained silent,

in arrogance, secluded

from the heavens that surround it

I sustain life,

in my gardens of rose

Come, and abide,

in my white light, and grow

Mystery, curiosity,

vastness, to explore

Touch, be touched,

feel, be felt

Give, take,

but never take too much

Live, breathe, little gifts

from the atmosphere

Lie, deceive,

but only if you dare

to reap, to receive

the natural consequence

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

thank you acer, this one is one of my favs in a while. :]


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

This is an imaginative design of white light looping ethereally through my mind Ben.;)


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Saddle - I am really happy for that comment, and thank you for sharing this on Facebook. I find it crazy how I write these things without really THINKING at all. It's more of a natural feeling than anything.

Cardisa - that's true, I do seem to hint at a higher power in just about everything I write. It's like something is injected into me. Thank you for always being there to support me :]


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I agree with Saddlerider, every word of what he said. I too am transported when I read your words. Another thibg I love about your poetry is that they are never shallow, always something to think about. There is always a higher power encased in your writing and I love that.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

You are a deep thinker, a man who seeks knowledge of what's behind the galaxy, it's stars it's planets. Your creative mind digs deep into it's mysteries, it comes out often in your scribes here. Finding the answers to so many unknowns seems to be your quest.

The Starman you are my friend. Interesting scribe, I always feel uplifted and taken to another place when you write. Well done my young friend, I will share this with many. Rated Up and awesome like so many of your scribes.

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