Another Night’s Dream

This poem reflects on love lost, and the lonely, tormented mind it can leave in its wake.  I am sharing it with dVerse Poets Pub’s Patterns, Pictures and Poems, hosted by Victoria C.Slotto. Photograph by James Rainsford.

Another Night’s Dream

 

Unfamiliar places

Another night’s dream

Fluttering moth in dusty light

Soft, warm kisses… lips unseen

                                                          

—Copyright: James Rainsford, Used with Permission

—Copyright: James Rainsford, Used with Permission

Narrow road leads into dark night

Shadows bend and lean across

Mailbox, tree, and night bird

Traveler wandering, soul is lost

 

Candle flickers in open window

Curtain shies from prying wind

Footsteps running, unwanted touch

Pray for morning, darkness end

 

Smell of incense, haunted laughter

Love’s soft fabric gently torn

Pages flutter, place is lost

Words unspoken, end is born

 

Drifting, drifting…. alone we cry

Silence fills the night

Sea of teardrops, vessel empty

Foolish pride has won the fight

 

Copyright © 1998 C. Mashburn

 

9 Comments »

  1. brian said

    def a hard one on emotions charles…sounds like the dark night of the soul…really nice textures to the atmosphere you invoke…and i really like…

    Love’s soft fabric gently torn

    Pages flutter, place is lost

    • Yes, Brian, those are some of my favorite lines from this one two.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the read and awesome comment!

  2. I love this stanza:

    “Smell of incense, haunted laughter

    Love’s soft fabric gently torn

    Pages flutter, place is lost

    Words unspoken, end is born”

    Thanks for contributing, your poem certainly illuminates and enhances the photo.

    • Thank you very much for the read and nice comment, James.
      I immediately thought of this poem when I saw the photo.

  3. Sherry Mashburn said

    Foolish pride may win the fight, but at what cost? A lot can be learned from this poem; beautiful write!

  4. I also got the sense of the dark night of the soul when I read this…and for that matter, when I saw the photo. Very nicely rendered, Charles.

  5. Mr. Watson said

    Amazing

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