The Darkest of Nights

Alone In the dark

It´s a dark, dark night, with no moon nor stars,

Not one shooting star to give a little light.

That´s a dark, dark night.

No street lights to give help, no nearby dwellings with some light.

Just you, and this dark, dark night.


It´s a cold, cold, place, with stone cellar floors.

you are walking barefoot on cold slabs as before,

and the walls are wet from rain of many nights before.

It´s a cold cold, place and a cold cellar floor..


It´s a deep, deep, loneliness down inside your heart,

if you find yourself like this, cold and in the dark.

It´s a deep , deep loneliness, nobody can share,

Dark, cold and damp and only you are there.


Alone... is not the same. Alone can be desirable.

Alone can give you space to breathe, alone you can create.

Write or paint or draw, and give out so much more.

But loneliness is different

Lonely in a crowd,

Lonely lying next to someone,

Lonely when you´re lost.

Lonely when you´re found.

Lonely in the day.

Lonely in the night..........

....like this.....


A dark, dark night which the stars and moon ´ve abandoned,

and left you crying here, tearing at your heart

because the loneliness reminds you that you´re so far apart.

If you´re lonely and apart, and the pain is in your heart,

Then it´s dark, dark, dark....


The cellar floor gets colder as the night gets colder still

You´ve nothing for your feet.... ... can´t find a single thing.

Find nothing in this dark, you only have yourself,

Wet walls, dark night, cold floor and ... you..

This is a dark dark night for sure.


Sweet one, turn your attention to what´s inside your mind,

Ask yourself the question. Why are you left behind?

Left behind to be alone in dark and damp despair

In this place that makes you feel that soon there´ll be no air.!


Don´t panic, little one, does night forever last?

Keep your senses , dear one, you know the night will pass.

And when the sun drifts lightly, streaking through those bars,

You´ll know that daylight´s coming. No need for moon and stars.

The day can make you better, feel the sun upon your face...

Help you to forget that you were ever in this place.


Whe morning comes you´ll know it, you´ll not even need a key,

Just walk across the stone, cold floor until the stairs you´ll see.

Up and up you walk , wake up!!! and out the door.!

You´´re free you´ll see... yes it´s true, you´re free!......







Darkness at the sea-shore
Darkness at the sea-shore

You didn´see behind the door, the long stone staircase,

You didn´t see the cold, stone floor, down inside a cellar.

But now you know and must remember......

No need for you to go there ... EVER......

Never again go down into,,.......

.....the dark, dark, night.....!

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epigramman 5 years ago

...well without you in my life dear friend - there would be a lot of dark dark nights (and days) because your hubs are important to me as is your friendship and support - please keep writing - for I find what you have to say and how you say it - very very essential indeed!

lake erie time 12:59pm

it's like a seaside resort today where the water looks so inviting for a swim on a hot day - which is what I intend to do - enjoying my summer but only two weeks left until September and shortly thereafter the dreaded 'f' word - fall

love your work - thank you for being in my life here online at the Hub - it's been a terrific year for you and I.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you so much, Colin. Yes it has been quite a year

I appreciate all your support. Thank you.

We´ve had such a rainy Summer here, I´m not sure we´ll notice the difference when Autumn(Fall) arrives, but of course it soon will get colder.

Enjoy the last of your Summer swims.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

The sweet peace of the alone time---the angst of true loneliness.The barrier that was really no barrier at all between the cold cellar and the light that leads to light. You must leave the cold cellar to its own domain, for it never really had you in its hold at all.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Great summary of my meaning. Thank you.

Take care.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Dim, no pun intended, but I would have to say that this poem is very dark. It's written quite nicely. Not much to add actually. :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Yes it is dark, but the person has to realise he or she CAN get out (there´s no key).

We must try to choose to look to the good in life and go to the dark recesses of our own minds. Make sense?

(actually I like some dark poetry and black humour)


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Dim, I don't mean to be difficult, however your response seems a little odd, in and of, itself. Yes, people need to see that they can achieve a perception of good about life, but that can only come from introspection and reflection of self. Meaning, that self realization is a must. You said "there's no key", but when you make a choice, that is the "key". Recognizing that "key" is how one accomplishes the task of looking at the good in life. The dark recesses of our own mind? Is just a perception that is skewed. I hope that made sense. Thank you again for your response.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hee hee Cagsil. This is me? Dim ? How can you take me so seriously?. Firstly I must apologise for in my reply to your comment I wrote ¨Look to the good and go to the dark reccesses of our minds,. LEFT AN IMPORTANT WORD OUT. Should have read an NOT go to the dark reccesses of our minds.

´´No key´ was just my way of saying she could get out if she chose too. The door was not locked......

Is that any better? L love that you´ve taken such an interest. Thank you.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Dim, you are quite far from being "dim". So, let's not go there. As for the typo, it happens. And, yes that would be better. Some people have the perception of being trapped, even though they are not trapped. It happens because they cannot recognize specific choices available. You're welcome. :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks Cagsil and seriously I am flattered that you took my prose seriously enough to analize parts of it.

Take care.


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

Darkness and cold - and just beyond it, light and warmth. You've described the feeling so well, Dim. Love the way the words flow - like a song!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Shalini. I enjoyed writing it, even though I had to think back to dark times in my mind.... There is always a way out.

Take care


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

If we live long enough we all have some dark as well as light days in our lives. Enjoyed your poem and the meaning that we are not forever trapped in any one place.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Peggy, I´m glad you enjoyed .

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

That certainly can be a very deep, cold, dark place, as you wrote there is 'No need for you to go there ... EVER......

I loved that line, Great poem thanks for sharing, voting up.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Nice to see you. Movie Master

Happy that you liked it.

Take care......


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

You're a wonder dear Dim. Thank you for all the great hubs you create.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

And thank you for reading them. My favourite Vietnam vet.

Love your kind heart, Micky.


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Teylina 5 years ago

Dim, this is awesome. So many ways one could take it, but I chose to read and feel, because, unfortunately, though there is no "need" for one to go there, some go there unwittingly, or dragging and screaming! -- haha! - for even a few seconds of time. Lovely ending. Really beautiful. Thank you. Typo? What's a typo? Hah--writers are not necessarily typists!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Oh What a wonderful comment.. i love it when people read what they want to into my work, but it feels a bit special when what you read is truly how I feel myself.

That sounds a bit muddled. I´m sure you´ll make sense of it.

Thank you very much.


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Teylina 5 years ago

I do; you're most welcome.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Dim I don't analyze fellow poets scribes, why? because at the time of the work being produced from our mind, only we know what we are bringing to light. There is much darkness in many of us, some have it more than others.

I saw and pictured a lonely cold child searching for a way out, hopefully finding the light, the truth and the reasons for her lonelyness walking the cold cold floor of her life. It conjures up images for me of being sad and alone.

Dim I respect you much as a very fine writer and a poet. Let it be said by the Saddle, that I was moved by this piece, regardless of how it was meant to come across, it had a meaning all of it's own for me and I know it certainly holds one for you to. Hugs to you my sweet friend, keep writing you stimulate the imagination.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Amazing comment from you, dear Saddlerider.

I´m so happy when you like any of my work because I love , respect and admire your work so very much.

Thank you for giving me your ´take´on this piece.

God bless,

Dim


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Teylina 5 years ago

Amen, Saddke. I've got to read more of your work--your comments are most of what I've gotten so far--very goo, though-provoking. I, too, dislike "analyzing," but perhaps for similar reasons--what we write is "us" and we readers can read what we want, as Dim knows I feel! Your comment, however, brought pitiful images of so many people I know--much less those I don't! Dim, it was amazing. Tanx both


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

How lovely. We just need Micky Dee now and we can all have coffee on my page.!!!!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Oh wow Dim sorry I have been away and have missed your words. Awesome as always. Congratulations on reaching 100 - that is totally brilliant - many congratulations and very well done.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

alwayas lovely to see your smile.

I appreciate your comments. Thank you.

Tommorrow I´ll be on my way to visit my little island, my son and old friends, I´´ll see you in 2 or 3 weeks. Take care.


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

Very heartfelt! I can always come to your Hubs to find inspiration!

Thank you!


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Scarface1300 5 years ago

Freedom to roam under the stars. Great poem


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Dear RunAbstract, thank you so much for reading. If you find my hubs inspirational, that is an incredible compliment.

Take care, Dim


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

thank you scarface for visiting my page.


jenubouka 5 years ago

This touched a close space in my heart, more than I can say, tears of gratitude for this one for discovering such a talented writer, thank you..


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

That is a very large compliment. Thank you very much.


jenubouka 5 years ago

Pleasure was all mine Dim Flaxenwick


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hafeezrm 5 years ago from Pakistan

I loved "A dark, dark night which the stars and moon ´ve abandoned" which shows all forces have joined hands against one. Thanks for sharing.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Enjoyed your ´take´on the poem. Thanks a lot for stopping by.

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