William Verbaud

Rookie (Dec.26,1980 / Nowhere, NJ)

A Lone Traveler - Poem by William Verbaud

Snow covers the trees and roads
My tires make smooth black canyons in the bleak white road
The ride is long but the distance is short
My mind races backwards replaying the night’s failure
One more lonely drive
One more cold winter’s night

Her long black hair and powerful dark eyes pierced my body
My awkwardness and fragility was thought to be cloaked in a blanket of cheep beer and
cigarettes
She without smile, and deep lingering look
Anticipated my courtship
and denied my soul
She realized I saw past her
Saw her infatuation with the strange but her comfort in reality
Her eyes did not lie,
Propelled by fear
She sat and dined at the table of the damned
Toasted to her divinity
Basked in the darkness of the room
Donned her luminescence
And casually strode the duet streets
Carving a path that would be devoured by morning’s sun
Her demons hidden
My eyes watching

Now watching the road
Parting at a dead end
I left my car
Locked my self inside
And strode the streets in search of a lost path
In search of a path traveled by a lonely traveler
Praying to a godless sky
“Where are the other travelers? ”

Dawn’s cold light has now begun to rear its serpent head
Destroying the roads
Empowering solidarity of the night travelers
No intersections or paths will lead from my dead ends
And dark eyed woman will be found awaiting for me carside
Bit I, still lost in the snow covered limbs
While my soul exhausted from searching
being denied, crawls under a cloak until the serpent rests again
And the rainbow shines black under moonlight damned streets

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, April 15, 2011


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