the night

why does the night scares us so
not all, but some shiver when darkness
falls with darkened limbs and dusty corners
the night is not an ally but a demon hanging
with possibilities, restlessness, nervousness
energy unharnessed caught in my legs,
behind the knee there is a fire raging
pushing my knees, body up, eyes open

there is no sleep here. tired has nothing to
do with it. it is about surviving the night. you
reach for help. it is not there. the night goes
on, drum beating, quiet deafening, slow
darkness staying, just staying. it is not going
anywhere. you pace, read, forget it, the night
always win. the night always wins. but you
fight the night, forcing yourself to rest

remembering a time when sleep came after
embracing outside forces that brought sleep
in the beginning but turned on you with a
viciousness, unbeknownst to mankind, taking
you down further into a hellish pit of nightmares
only to abandon you in the night where once
slumber came now just a stumbling consciousness
that produces more shadows, denizens, noises

things are not still at night. they are alive with
everything imaginable they are things living
in the darkness that even God can’t see. at
least that’s what i think, see, breath. wouldn’t
it be great to celebrate the night, not dread it
as so many other things that haunt us like
clawing monstrosity, ripping our flesh, not
deep, just enough to cause confusion

finally lights does seep through the windows,
night fades, things are back again. seeing
is the key. you can see again. things to do.
places to go. people to see. phrases of eternity
that have kept us going for decades. now it’s
time to regroup, retrench, the day affords us
activities. life of light. it is good and it is real.
a life of light does not work without darkness.

just thought i mention it.


About stevewhitmore

Former award-winning newspaperman and broadcast journalist, both radio and TV, spanning three decades. Army-trained paralegal, court bailiff and prosecutor's lead investigator for the 8th Infantry Division's Judge Advocate General's Corp., Mainz, Germany. 1973-1975.
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