Treasure Island

John Hess

(Fayetteville, N.C.)

Dark is the Night


Standing alone here, here in the night;
Wondering what's happened, what is my blight?
My nightmares of late, torment me so;
Waiting ever patiently, for my eyes to close.

My marriage now ending, and fading fast;
My mind races franticly to hold on to the past.
For the woman I loved, still love to this day;
Made up her mind, and there's nothing I can say.

Saint I am not and problems we've had;
But I always thought nothing, nothing so bad.
Pushed her away, for so many years;
Due to my stubbornness, now there are tears.

So I stand here alone and dark is the night;
Afraid to sleep now, for fear of the fight.
The voices they call and try as I might;
Their words echo deep, far into the night.

'Let her go, ' is their calling, deep in my mind;
'Let her go, ' they persist, how was I so blind.
The pain of it all cuts deep like a knife;
'Why stick around to this miserable life? '

A place my dreams was full of comfort for me;
Knowing you close gave reason to dream.
A place my dreams now full of despair;
Filled with voices of sorrow, I no longer can bear.

So the nightmares play games inside my head;
I hear my daughter calling from her room in bed.
And as I hurry to her, half awake from sleep;
I find I'm not home and I begin to weep.

Then the calling of my son, causes me to turn;
Again I find nothing, and my eyes start to burn.
The nightmares not over for before me I see;
My beautiful wife, she no longer loves me.

'Let her go, ' they sing, 'your pain will end';
But I love you still, how can I bend?
'Let her go, ' they demand, 'you are not the one';
But to do so means the loss of daughter and son.

My dreams are fading like a dying fire;
'Let her go, ' the voices rage, all in choir!
My memories of you flood me day and night;
'Let her go, ' the voices cry, how do I fight!

'Let her go, ' they say, 'the pain will end';
'But to hold on as you do, it's only pretend.'
Alone I now stand and dark is the night;
Hearing the voices now calling, who will win this fight?

Submitted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

October 2012

Comments about this poem (Dark is the Night by John Hess )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe

PoemHunter.com Updates

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Lord Tennyson

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]