Jan Sand

(February 2 1926 / USA)

Nocturne


When Earth dons
Night's black helmet
With the heavy sunball
Swinging from the chinstrap
In pursuit of tomorrows
Expectations, hopes and deaths,
Half the world lies paralyzed in dreams.
Silver moonshafts fall
Through sieves of black leaves
Transforming all familiar things
To shapeless threats that clothe themselves
In myths; specters, bloodsucking ghouls,
Dark predators of tooth and claw,
Icy souls yearning for life's heat.
Then emerge the tiny furry beasts of timidity,
Sharp spears of fear
To garner crumbs of sustenance
In midnight mini-mayhem.
Round yellow eyes and green lumenescences
Comet through the black.
Hooked claws on whooshing wings
Zero in on buzzing trails.
Furious, the tumbles of pursuer and pursued
>Til morning's thumb tilts back
Night's helmet to the raucous cries
Of birds in symphony,
Lullaby to things of night.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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?

Comments about this poem (Nocturne by Jan Sand )

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. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. derelict house, lee fones
  2. A Need, Sandra Feldman
  3. (1) Damaged Dreams, Uriah Hamilton
  4. Haiku: Traditional 1, Brian Johnston
  5. TO JUSTIFY JESUS, Tom Zart
  6. First Encounter, sheade rudman
  7. Changing Gears, Sandra Feldman
  8. IMAGES FROM MY CHILDHOOD, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  9. Multiple Choice X, Morgan Michaels
  10. Uncle Ikey's Last Words No.37, Robert Graber

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]