Who Waits (poem)

In the silence of the night

There beside a pale street light

Casts a shadow’s gloomy sight

Imagination’s dreams ignite

It’s there he waits


Not a single sound was made

Yet from my sleep I was bade

To my window drew the shade

And what I saw made reason fade

For there he waits


Please I shouted go away

No attention did he pay

But my mind he draws his way

Come out and play I sense wind say

Come see what waits


So to the street I do go

For wind’s secret I must know

And this question called me so

Was shadow friend or was he foe

The answer waits


Now it’s clear just what I saw

Still my reason fills with awe

Rubbing eyes for any flaw

Reality begins to thaw

And there it waits


In the silence of the night

There beside a pale street light

Casts a shadow’s gloomy sight

Imagination’s dreams ignite

It’s me who waits

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ashleeosborn 4 years ago

Haunting. I loved the line "Reality begins to thaw" Not sure why but it just popped at me.

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

MH, this one, I really like. It drew me in and wrapped me in the mystery of the shadows and light. Great job!

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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Wow, this is wonderful.

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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Wow, a thriller, MH! Well written, and powerful as ever.....loved it! Thanks for sharing......

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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Our own shadow - what deep meaning. Has me contemplating many thoughts this early morning. Great job. Voted up

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Brilliant! I read it twice and still in awe..

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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Martin, again I have to slap myself for not following you sooner. This revelation was a 3AM awakening; it dawned on me I'd never hit your button, yet you never fail to hit mine.

Your poetry is exquisite, thought provoking and I take my time in reading it to let your words enter my being. Many who call themselves poets do not inspire that in me. You do.

I look forward to what you feed the soul through your words!

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

This is one of those poems that I kept wanting to scan FAST because I could hardly wait to see where it would go. It was a battle between my mind and my eyes. I fought off the urge and slowly made my way through ALL your words and I was not disappointed in the end. Its amazing what our imagination can do to us

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Romantically haunting.

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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Interesting format. I have used the third person scenario before.

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Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

This is a very interesting poem. I loved the twist at the end. I was anxious to find out who the stranger was the entire time.

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bodylevive 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

Ohooooooooooo, I agree with Gypsy Rose Lee. It is "Romantically haunting." Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed it so much, I read it twice. The world of imagination is a wonderful thing and I do use it every chance I get. It is inspiring to read something so beautiful, especially when it hits home. You fall in love all over again and again.

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