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NIGHTSONG - A poem

Updated on September 29, 2011
Twilight welcomes the deepest night
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Songs in the deepest night

There are those times and places which cannot be recreated or duplicated. Whimsical feelings are stirred by such memories as those which spring to mind, with the soft kiss of a gentle breeze as it brushes against one’s face. Taking in the scent of evening; different from that of the day.. Sight becomes diminished as our other senses pick up the lack and become more acute. In the other world of midnight beings, enigmatic creatures emerge, populating the very ground upon which we tread during daylight hours. As I observe, in my solitude; the stealth, nocturnal wildlife come alive as the sun sets and the earth takes on a new flavor; a different glow where natural factors prevail as the denizens of the dark occupy our familiar daytime environment; I am removed from the limitations of day. This is their time; their habitat and their right to live within this enchanting realm. I am reminded of my place in the spectrum of life; and the very fact that the beautiful animals with whom we share this earth also deserve recognition of significance.

Removed from the everyday responsibilities and things which pull our attention away from the pure wonder of life and fantastic orb on which we stand; our celestial home; an awareness of the enormity and magnificence of life…all life, emerges.

I shall miss this part of my time in SE Kansas…the quiet, serene, wide open spaces which are home to so many different beings.




NIGHTSONG

Quiet wafts of wind touch my face

As I sit, alone, in this still place

Gentle whisper of nearby trees

Speak softly, sweetly in the summer breeze


Subtle nature surrounds me here

Peaceful scene, the view so clear

Cotton clouds drift soundlessly by

In a perfect, flawless, pale blue sky


Dusk approaches the day’s last light

Ushering in the imminence of night

Distant voices of creatures’ call

Darkness protects both large and small


Secretly I listen, in solitude, I see

This life that is not meant for me

Hidden mystery of earth’s inhabitants

As they begin their nightly dance


Silently I watch, separate and apart

As nature unfolds, from the start

Of evening’s slightest hint of the day’s last light

And gently eases into the magic of night.


Inky darkness surrounds me now

Still, I cannot leave, somehow

Senses spellbound by sound and sight

Will not allow me to depart this night


Wonderment is everywhere

Thrilling excitement in the air

I have not a concern; nor a care

As I watch a world I cannot share


With the beautiful beings of the night

This is their time; this is their right

To live as they are meant,

On ground or in flight,

In those hours just beyond twilight.


Concealed, hidden where I don’t belong

Listening to the melody of this night song

Music of life in so many ways

Fills the night before the break of day.



I fear that I have rudely intruded

In a world where I am not included

Where life takes on a different shape and form

And carries on as is the norm

Unimportant am I and my own kind

In this other world of which I find

Will live forever in my mind

When departure comes

And I leave it far, far behind.






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      marellen 5 years ago

      That was awesome and we so quickly forget about night and what wonder holds for us. I can't remember the last time I actually sat and listened to the 'dance of nighttime'.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      hi Marellen! yes, it is wonderful, the magic of the night...and a delightful experience. Several nights ago, I sat alone for hours, just taking it all in...soon, I will no longer have this opportunity so, I soaked up as much as I could and it inspired this tribute to the night creatures and sounds.

      Thank you so much for visiting!!

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      Anusha Jain 5 years ago from Delhi, India

      Darkness - It's amazing how differently our minds perceive it at different times. Sometimes it simply scares us with all the unknown hidden mysteries, yet there are times when we would want to sit and let the night share it's magic with us. :) A beautiful hub, apt image and great poetry - amazing rhyme and rhythm.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      You've said it so clearly, anusha15...we see the darkness; night differently at different times...perception is key. I appreciate your kind comment. Thank you

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I can relate

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      I love the night. You can be part of the enviroment, yet experience a sense of solitude at the same time. It's very intimate. I shouldn't have read this before heading to work; now I want ot stretch out on a hammock and listen to the nightime sounds. Beautiful...

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you anndavis25.

      Hi Augustine. Well, there will be other nights when you can relax and absorb the beauty aroubd you. Thank you for the kind comment...always appreciated. I, too, absolutely love the night and all the sounds, scents, movement and mystery. So lovely.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      A glorious homage to the animals of the night. One can walk about during the day and almost believe they're alone out-side of the birds, squirrels and insects. But at dusk the children of the moon come alive. You've captured one who cares to have a look into this world perfectly Kathy. Wish you could take it with you. But at least you've partaken of its wonders. Gorgeous poem to reflect on.}{

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Kathy I wrote you a comment here but for some reason it doesn't appear to have posted. It had some feelings about you and the night animals that I wish you could have read; but I'll just try this time by saying its a gorgeously well written homage of a poem. Voted Beautiful n Up!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you Alastar. Very much appreciated.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      A very beautiful poem. I like the rhyme. I'm not good at writing rhyming poems, so I admire your work. It also is interesting that you included the thread about not belonging there and leaving. It made the poem so poignant.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      suzettenaples...thank you for visiting and the thoughtful comment. I believe there are parts of this world which are far better off if we humans keep a respectful distance...it just isn't our place to interject ourselves into the lives of other living beings. We tend to insinuate ourselves as if we have the right or a need to do so .... sometimes, this just isn't the case. I sincerely appreciate your recognition of this immutable truth. Kathy

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      vietnamvet68 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful, beautiful poem Kathy, There is nothing like the sounds on a quiet summer night to set the mind at peace.I love to spend the summer nights sitting on my porch.

      God Bless

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      Lucky Cats , I do love the magic hours ! And they love me too! Solitude becons me ,it always has ! Perhaps I was a hermit in some life forgotten or not yet even remembered! I think sometimes that , we who love these times and places , are a lonely bunch! What do you think?.......:-} Awesome by the way.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, that was amazing! I could see all the creatures of the night, and feel your sadness that you have to leave them. As you said, we forget in the day time the other part of our lives that go on in the night, and that is when the sadness comes, because even though we may not know the animals and creatures, they have been a part of our world and then that is the time that you will miss them, awesome! rated up everything!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hello Kathy,

      Truly beautiful written poem..I love the night too..and the early mornings..It holds some of our creators most best kept secrets..just waiting for us to take a part of it all..Thank you ..I loved it..

      Sunnie

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Lucky Cats,

      Greetings from MAKUSR. Nature never did betray a heart that loved her. You are an avid nature lover which pulsates in every line of your poem. Voted up! and AWESOME!,

      Lots of LOve,

      MAKUSR

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a lovely poem. You've conveyed our connection to the natural world and also our separation from the world of nature very well. The night's song is beautiful, and so is your poem!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Captivating reflections Kathy, this is so real and truly where you are right now! Leaving yes, but you added so much, you are leaving behind something that is better because of what you did, unselfishly. You are a very real and empathetic soul Kath, I really respect that about you!

      (And of course the cats too, you are the best LC)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..I just told Mister Packer that he was one of my favorite writers but you my dear Kathy take the proverbial hub cake - I would read and cherish you anytime anywhere anyplace.

      And now to bed for a good night's sleep - this poem was my lullaby - and let me enjoy my sweet dreams now.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspirational. Thanks for writing and share with us. I love this poem....beautiful. Well done, my friend. Vote up!

      Prasetio

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      Terishere 5 years ago

      I love nigh time and sitting outside, looking at the stars. There's a sense of peace and serenity.

      Great poem Lucky Cats!

      Terri

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      John Young 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Very beautiful lucky. Up for sure.

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      Lucky Cats, this is an awesome piece of writing. You made me feel as if I was there with you, experiencing it. Your words elicited such wonderful images and sensations. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Steve...thank you so much for visiting and commenting...I really am very appreciative of your thoughts and words...hope all is well w/you and Bobbi...and, yes..the night is so mysterious and wide open for flights of fantasy...and enjoying the beautiful creatures of the night..they are very fortunate when they have large, open spaces to roam.

      Ahorseback, of all the people who read this, I believe you will relate the most...your poems and prose about Arizona and the beautiful desert; the way in which you describe the scenery (really loved the sail boat set in the sand w/the family aboard; gazing out ahead as if at sea!!)...and the heart w/which you write of your love for the stark, colorful, sandscape of the desert....assured me that you would love this imagery, too. thank you so much and, Yes...to your question. Your friend, kathy

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Nell! Thank you my friend...so glad you liked this little poem...I love to walk in the darkness, quietly, listening; trying to see...it's great. and really magical. So pleased that you enjoyed this and for your kind words and votes!!!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you so much Sunnie...and I sure hope that the nights are a little less hot now that summer is just almost over. Hope all is very well and I so enjoyed reading your and Augustine's story of the great visit the two of you shared! thank you for such a nice comment..I love the night, too.

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      Vinod Madhok 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Its beautiful...love it!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Your poem is simply beautiful. I love the way you describe being part of it and yet outside of it. Just lovely

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      makusr, I am thrilled that you like this; I am very honored, in fact. thank you so much. Your appreciation of my efforts is so very valued!

      Alacia, I agree with you..the night song is, indeed, beautiful. So happy to see your comment and pleased that you liked this poem..Thank you !!

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      nasseralabdali 5 years ago from Saudi Arabia

      Hi Lucky Cats, I loved your poem and how you descriptively composed it. It showes your high poetic sense that comes from the bottom of your heart. The world of animals and that of humans might be united in your poem, but reality at last invaded. voted up and beautiful! based on this, I will be so glad if you stop at my hubs: Our Way To Paradise, Die For Her, Lost In Love Ashely, A morsel of Stones. Nasser

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      CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Awesome! I could feel the night closing in around me and all the animals and insects moving around, even though I was safely tucked up inside

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is beautiful Kathy and true. I see evidence of night creatures every morning when i look outside, a little hole dug here, a bird feather there, a paw track on the patio. I enjoyed your poetry very much. Thank you...

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      The sound of silence, dear Lucky... and it gave you much food for thought. This is beautiful and strong in your nighttime clarity. So much ahead, why look back... I wish you much joy in your journey and will catch up with you more soon as well in the days to come, mar.

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      maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Beautifully constructed poem that captures the mysterious allure of nature after dark...

      Far from leaving this behind, you will always carry this place and time in your heart, to be relived over and over again...To dredge up when times are difficult, to ponder over a morning coffee, or just to fall asleep with that last, lingering thought...

      Voted up and beautiful...Thank you...Larry

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      naturalsolutions 5 years ago

      Night song can turn even the most happy and joyful heart to the most lonely and empty miserable feelings. But it depends how they appreciate it.

      Nice hub, keep the good work.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      To everyone whom I have yet to reply and to everyone who has been so kind as to read and leave a comment here ... I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to do so...I am backed up w/moving responsibilities and am limited in the time I can spend on HP's right now but, please know, your visit and words of support mean the world to me and I WILL reply to each and everyone. Best wishes and most happy thoughts to everyone. Kathy

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      Yes indeed the beauty of the night, it's a creatures delight, predators take flight and beckon for the night as the sun sinks below with delight. All the nocturnal come alive and thrive in the night's offerings. To be truly alive one must be one with the night, have no fear of it, bathe in it's beauty for it is short.

      This was a beautiful piece LuckyCats, I senses your sadness though as you prepare to depart from a place you hold so dear in your life. I wish for whatever the reason for change is, that your heart and soul stay intact and your new surroundings become one with you as did this beautiful state of Kansas. May peace and blessings follow you to your new home.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      What a magical poem, Lucky Cats! I am also entranced by sunset falling into night and the creatures that inhabit it. Excellent imagery and narration.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathy,

      I wish I had just one half of the peace and serenity that shines through your writing. This was beautiful.

      Sharyn

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful words Kathy and I thank you again for sharing them with us.

      Take care my friend.

      Eiddwen.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Exotic Hippie Queen (love that name...and I relate!!), Sharynb and Eiddwen...my sweet friends and 'soul sisters!' Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Kathy - this awesome poem does not need any comments only words - beautiful, awesome, mystical and eternal!!! I loved this!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Saddlerider...if anyone understands and relates to this; I would know that it is you and ahorseback. Nature and wonder that you appreciate so much. So sensitive and so keenly aware of the world around you; the magic, the mystical and illusory side of this life. Thank you so very much!

      Nasseralabdali, caseworker, maven...my friends....I am thrilled and pleased and humbled by your words and kindness.

      Seeker...I know you live in the otherworld of our existence (this sounds really 'out there' but, it's true...I know)...the beauty which is not everyday in our lives...the unknown...the surprise and delight of another aspect of this life which we do not inhabit as much as that of our routine; our daily lives

      thank you so much for the depth of your kind comments.

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      naturalsolutions 5 years ago

      I'm looking forward for your another great post. Reading it for the second time are really great;)

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      naturalsolutions...very nice name..I am very honored that you visited this poem a second time...that is very complimentary...thank you so much. I love the night sounds; I always leave my windows open so that all the rustling of wind in the trees, calls from the creatures who live near the pond and other night sounds can soothe me to sleep. My favorite music.

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      Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

      Very well written. I can almost see the imagery and the sounds of the night. A very good read. A lovely piece. If I may add, I love your pic--your little kitty is adorable.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hello Nat Amaral. I am honored and happy to read your kind comment. Night time is a magical, special time which, when observed, is wondrous as well as exciting. Thank for the sweet words about the baby kitten. This is Shylow..one of Smoky Mama's 5 babies (SM was abandoned in the streets, very very pregnant and in need of help.....she found us and now, she and her babies are living the good life in N. California)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A wonderful rendition for the creatures of the night. Aren't they wonderful?

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Yes, night creatures are magical; magnificant. I just read this poem at a gathering of "novice" and amateur writers....it received warm recognition. thank you for the visit; I knew you'd like this one.

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      So insightful! Fascinating experience, I can feel the magic! Beautiful!

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      One night, I sat on the front porch in SE Kansas, out on a 2.5 mile long dirt road...totally isolated except for the night creatures; night sounds. I was 'removed' from the present..transported by the beauty and serenity...the completely 'other' nature of this time of night. I've since moved from there..but still have the farm and intend to visit now and then.

      Thank you, again, Beyond Max...for such wonderful words for my work...very sincerely appreciated.

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      It is probably sounds totally crazy but for a moment while I was reading this lovely poem I felt like I was looking through the eyes of a cat, like it was kitties thoughts entirely... I loved it that way too! There is so many sides to these deep thoughts really. I love it, it is like a song!

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      BeyondMax...I love your perspective; through the eyes of a cat. Hmmmm...Such a comment from you I hold in the highest esteem as I respect your writing so much. So, I thank you, BeyondMax, and I am happy that you related to this poem. Kathy

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      Augustine A Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

      A beautiful reminder on how the night is magical.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Ah, the beauty of nature in a great collection of words. Well done, Lucky Cats. I highly enjoyed this poem. The essence of true nature and animals of the night fill my mind with great imagery.

      Voted up and pinned!

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      KduBarry03, I wrote this one a while ago; before I left SE Kansas where the nights are so magical. I have a little farm there (still do...planning to visit soon) and, having moved from a more populated area filled with the sounds of civilization; to my rural, isolated farm; the 'nightsong' in SE Kansas presented a thoroughly new and exciting feeling. It is vibrant w/so many sounds of creatures, large and small; who come to life when the sun sets. I am so glad you liked this...I am enthralled with and moved emotionally by the magic of nature. Kathy

      Augustine! I just noticed your visit which was months ago...I am just now seeing and replying...as always, I appreciate your support and presence which underscores my efforts. Thank you! Kathy

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