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The Long Goodnight

Updated on August 15, 2014
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Like the dark side of the moon

there are places

faces

hidden behind forced smiles

from eclipsed traces

flowing from

shadow to shadow

like the shade of an obelisk

crawling across the landscape

from midday

to midnight

avoiding the light

a spark in an eye

at a last breath fading to dark

a soul covered by the ebony wings of a raven

washing sable from the paintbrush

bristle black stroke over your soul

like a shovel full of dirt

covering you in a blanket

one more sable layer

to consecrate your burial banquet



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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the duel compliment, Kim. Thank you so much.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Wayne,

      Such beautiful imagery. Your poems flow as easily from your pen as the paintings from your brush.

      You sir, are true artist in every sense of the word.

      V+/Share for sure.

      Best,

      Kim

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Martie. I appreciate the compliment and I wish you all the best here at the hub land. you have a new follower. :)

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Audrey, you come around as often as you would like. It's an honor to hear from you, and I mean that sincerely.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Frank. I don't say it in jest, but I always think 'wow' is one of the best compliments. I think I've seen quite a few of those on your work as well.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 3 years ago from Jersey Shore

      New here but I'll be looking to read more of your work-leads to quiet introspection

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Came back to read--and sending this around again--I forget how good your work is!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wayne wow, this was really good..

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks Beth. That one is still one I'm considering but it is at the bottom of the totem pole.

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      bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

      Wonderful, as always. I can't wait until you publish a book full of these

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Audrey

      mamatita:

      Thank you my friends for your wonderful thoughts.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Exquisite, Bro Barrett.

      Excellent poetry! Peace.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You know Wayne--you have a real gift for the rhythm of language--it unfolds naturally on the tongue!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nikki

      Rasma:

      Thank you very much ladies. I appreciate the visit.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. A bit on the darker side but enjoyed and pearling.

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      Nikki Wicked 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Nice!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Marie

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      Karen:

      Thank you ladies! With you here, my comment box is better to look at than my poem. :)

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      I was pleasantly surprised to see a notice that the great WB had written a new poem...

      Awesome, Wayne - dark - but awesome!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      A night owl like me can very well interpret each line here but I'll keep it to myself for now. :) Beautifully expressed and I love it.

      Well done! Up and pinning.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Nice. I love the images your words create in my head. Thanks for writing.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Christina

      Nellieanna: Thank you both so much for the nice compliments. It's a pleasure to see you fine ladies. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      You've been missed on HP of late. I love the textural

      imagery in this one.

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      Christina M. Castro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Sensitive and emotional. You see within the soul. I enjoyed this poem.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Homeplace Series

      Eric

      Bill

      James

      Jodah

      Sha:

      Thank you all for the visit and the kind words. I haven't disappeared entirely, just been very busy. It's good to hear from you all.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the line, "a soul covered by the ebony wings of a raven". Good to see you again, Wayne!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I've been missing your poetry Wayne. Good to read this. Well done.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Amazing. It flowed great and the message and feelings you get from reading it are great. Awesome job, fantastic poem!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are one of my favorite poets and this is an excellent example of why. Beautiful work, Wayne!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent and well done!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you for sharing! ;-)