Ben Paynter

Veteran Poet - 1,431 Points (Midwest)

An Old Friend - Poem by Ben Paynter

nighttime comes, an old friend
moonlight on piano keys smile.
I do not know how long it’s been,
other than awhile.

let the dogs bark, let shadows
come and go to bed and rise.
there is nothing more than
washington street.
no yesterday,
no next time try.

the shops are closing,
now the lights are turned down low.
all the moths have found their death
I walk where I’ve seen others go.

the cities gone.
disappeared in all its metal rust.
the moon went round the river bend
the bitter clouds all vanish into dust.

this is an old cracked trail friend,
I walk
to walk
with you again.


Comments about An Old Friend by Ben Paynter

  • (4/9/2008 1:43:00 PM)


    I would appreciate such a friend.
    for friends are understanding.
    No rash judgements are made
    but friendship is demanding.
    Seldom do we take the walk;
    but, like returning to a lover,
    our strength is not in lonliness
    but in walking with another.

    an old friend is a great poem!
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  • (9/8/2007 6:57:00 PM)


    beautiful & so telling, but not overdone. Ben, you have such a way about you.
    keep on, sjg
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 30, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 4, 2011


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