Ben Paynter

Veteran Poet - 1,410 Points (Midwest)

All My Pen Ever Says - Poem by Ben Paynter

there’s been many a night
in the darkness of
alone
where I sit with
the reaper's hand on
my shoulder

and before he leaves
he always says
see ya someday
but I never much
care because
he tells a mean
joke

and the lights of the city
are dimming
and the leaves on the trees
are changing
and the bell in the church
is tolling

and I can’t stop it

so many nights
dueling the shadows
and changing seasons
and all my pen
ever finds
to say is

is this it?


Comments about All My Pen Ever Says by Ben Paynter

  • Judith Blatherwick (2/21/2017 11:55:00 AM)


    Extremely atmospheric writing. (Report) Reply

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  • Terry Craddock (1/3/2016 6:35:00 PM)


    Death And I Rode Motorbikes Together For Decades

    the grim reaper smiled
    put his hand on my shoulder
    but I did not feel colder

    because death and I ride motorbikes

    looking back at death I smiled
    death and I ride my motorbike together
    for decades rode motorbikes together

    death and I loving lapping up the ride


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'All My Pen Ever Says' by the poet Ben Paynter.
    Dedicated to the poet Ben Paynter.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/31/2015 7:05:00 AM)


    Changing seasons with the muse of the night. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/17/2015 10:02:00 PM)


    'and before he leaves
    he always says
    see ya someday
    but I never much
    care because'

    loved it, I never much cared either, because death and I rode motorbikes together for decades, loving lapping up the ride :)
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  • (11/20/2009 6:54:00 PM)


    Clever ending.. Solid work (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2009 11:09:00 AM)


    whoa Ben! ! ...mighty pen you wield..everyone wants to write poems like this one..ahh but you got to them first..their rightfully yours...beyond good :) tom (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2009 9:06:00 PM)


    This one has always been one of my favorite pieces of yours (Report) Reply

  • (1/29/2009 4:47:00 PM)


    love your style in this poem. :) (Report) Reply

  • (9/9/2007 3:31:00 PM)


    Lovely literary piece. Excellent indeed! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (11/7/2006 10:45:00 AM)


    'There’s been many a night
    In the darkness of
    Alone'
    Your opening line reminds me of ee cummings resounding line ' as small as the world and as big as alone' Your pen has created an evocative picture Mr Paynter! Justine
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  • (11/6/2006 5:09:00 PM)


    Well written and only a painter can do such an attractive painting. (Report) Reply

  • (11/6/2006 4:29:00 PM)


    What a fine, genuine write! You are a poet worthy of the name.

    Kindest regards,

    Sandra
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  • (10/26/2006 9:51:00 PM)


    Got the chills reading this one.
    Great write, and an even better title
    ~Amber~
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  • (10/26/2006 9:28:00 PM)


    What your pen has said here is... a splendid piece...... well done! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 26, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 30, 2010


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