Quel Saige

One feared that he mightn't find a victim

She awakens in the night
He slyly slips through an unlocked window
She turns to her infant's sibilant slumbering,
wondering where the world will take them

He pauses to illuminate
the room in which he finds himself
in which, in some sense, he has always found himself

the moon watches

She caresses her child
He silently ascends the stairs
to the floor above

She, a lonely, lovely maiden
He, with many a burden laden
and the promise of a death entices him
if not that of another, his own

He approaches a second stair
She, no longer unaware,
is now awake, and hears a noise
she clutches at her infant

the moon watches

She steals softly from the bed,
light streaming through the windows
from distant Selene

He slinks about, unseen

the moon watches(doesn't it always
watch these things)

She searches for a disturbance
(was it the water heater? could be
one can never be too safe)

He comes to the uppermost floor

She finds an unlocked window
in her basement

He comes to the bedroom door
She locks the window,
gazing into the desert night
thinking, isn't phoenix pretty this time of year

He pauses, unsure
She carries her child back to bed, gently,

He breathes deeply,
steels his will,
bursts into the room

She falls back asleep

He finds nothing but an empty bed

She rests peacefully

He stares onto the montana landscape,
cursing himself for
choosing to kill in the one place
no one lives

the moon watches

He never wanted to live anyway

One feared she might find evil near
Another sought to find it out

Perhaps each would, at some other moonlit time

But for now, the moon watched the maiden sleep
And watched the drained and broken man cry
into a dark and unmoved sky

Submitted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Edited: Thursday, March 28, 2013

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

What do you think this poem is about?

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

Inspiration: Stephen Crane's 'A man feared that he might find an assassin'

Comments about this poem (One feared that he mightn't find a victim by Quel Saige )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Sara, Birgitta Heikka
  2. ZZ Ebola Seen In Light Of The 1976 Swine.., Saiom Shriver
  3. As a salesman, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  4. Eyes Lock, Saiom Shriver
  5. Gods Will Be Watching, Kaio Clark
  6. Midnight Conversation in a Bar, Donal Mahoney
  7. Even eagles commit suicide, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  8. Rosie, Jacquie StewartHeimann
  9. Hurt me or I Lie, Antonio Liao
  10. In Spiritual Comfort, John Beaumont

Poem of the Day

poet William Butler Yeats

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
...... Read complete »


Modern Poem

poet Anna Akhmatova


Member Poem

poet Sumita Datta

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. A Drinking Song, William Butler Yeats
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]