Night World

The moon-laid path
glistens on night water
inviting a dance.
Owl calls from the wood,
the splash of a seal.
I think to go within,
conditioned by some long-ago cave,
but the night is still and alive
with the deep peace of silence.
Moon awakens the land.
Trees stand tall in the stars.
I touch their rough bark,
giving myself to place.
Hollow as a reed
the music plays on
haunted until morning.



Night World


12 Responses to “Night World”

  1. Jane says:

    Beautiful poem…and beautiful photo. Where was the photo taken? It seems very familiar!

  2. Robin Bryant says:

    I come from a magnificent walk in Lithia Park .. to your gorgeous path of magic under the silence of the moon. We are so privileged to live on this enlivening planet that is always reflecting the beauty of our existence.

  3. Eric Dunn says:


  4. I might suggest:
    Moon path glistens
    On night water…

    But you already know I am a fan of trimming back little words and ugly words like “laid.”
    However, the overal effect of the poem is one that has the moody intent of Frost’s “I am one accustomed to the night” without all his formal dipsy doodling. I also like your allusion to Rumi in “hollow as a reed” as he, too, saw the human body as a reed with seven holes through which the spirit plays us. And, of course, an evocative photo!

  5. Viki V. says:

    Beautifully evocative and alive.

  6. Bill Dare says:

    What a vision in words.

  7. Pichay says:

    Thank you, Don.

  8. Ronnie Lim says:

    Lovely, Don. Thank you. Ronnie

  9. david banner says:

    What stunning images, Don!

  10. susan bennett says:

    On those extra warm summer nights I love to plunk my sleeping bag in the back yard and just drink it of the finest things to stargaze and be blessed by the sounds and majic of the night world..fills a deep reservoir in me..Your poem captures exactly that

  11. Maria Jimenez Frid says:

    My heart and mind touches the oneness of it all in the deep silence. Your poems are always a call to remembrance. Thank you!

  12. Pat Fitzsimmons says:

    Powerfully moving images Don, I can feel the hollow, haunting music playing!

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