James B. Earley

Gold Star - 6,340 Points (5 April 1934 / Mounds, Il)

Distant Haze - Poem by James B. Earley

There was a knock upon my door
…In…the light…was she
Grab your coat and in the rain
Come take a walk with me

So many times we’d hop the bus
To…A faraway…picture show
Days of Summer we’d take our poles
…And fishing…we would go

We’d sit atop the earthen bank
…Reflections in…the rippling…water
Laughing and talking…the two of us
…Without…romance…to bother

Graduation night…A distant haze
I’ve struggled with…so much
…The day…we went....our separate way
And failed to keep in touch

…Inquiring…of her…sometime ago
From a relative I chanced to meet
'A prostitute…on drugs…she is
……….Working…some city street'

Stinging words…….in that reply
An avalanche…of tears…inside
The pain of which I won’t deny
And now…I hear....that she....has died

If perchance…it was…her darkest hour
…When that path......she chose......to take
Then…may God please…forgive…the call
………..The call……I failed…to make

Comments about Distant Haze by James B. Earley

  • (1/16/2016 10:00:00 AM)

    the haze is an overcast of life. Great metaphor. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/25/2012 5:42:00 AM)

    What a beautiful penned poem about the uncertainties in life. Tragic turns and chances missed to connect. Very touching… (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2010 5:35:00 PM)

    Wow James... talk about destiny taking us down different paths! Life is interesting if nothing else. I felt your pain in this one James.

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  • (3/23/2009 6:51:00 AM)

    the second last stanza is so beautiful.... i don't have words to express. thanks alot for sharing this poem with me. (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2009 3:23:00 PM)

    A haunting beautiful story so very well penned..10+ (Report) Reply

  • (3/16/2009 10:12:00 PM)

    A very touching piece of work. Filled with much sadness, but the saddest truth is, this can all most be anyone in this saddend world of sin that surrounds us... Very moving a 10.... (Report) Reply

  • (3/16/2009 4:08:00 AM)

    Sad poem with regrets to cloud memory. She also could have gone another way after all, so you should not have that kind of guilt. She also could have called. We choose to live our lives in a certain way. (Report) Reply

  • (3/16/2009 3:49:00 AM)

    It seems to me you two enjoyed some of the happiest times of both your lives, James. (Report) Reply

  • (3/16/2009 1:04:00 AM)

    A sad and reflective poem that has left you wondering why there was such an outcome and whether you could have helped in some way. It is written with a beautiful style and genuine concern for another human being. Lovely work. Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • (3/15/2009 10:02:00 AM)

    hmmmm...so many ifs.......buts...........well penned....very touchy... (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (3/15/2009 12:58:00 AM)

    Tragic consequences are sometimes unavoidable James - - and we have to take the view that we are not wholly to blame for outcomes - this is a sad poem - but beautifully written -- best wishes to you from Fay.... (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2009 3:42:00 PM)

    Poignant, and I sense guilt that you never rang her, but what becomes of people is not always to do with fate, beautifully written James, thank you
    Lynda xx 10
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  • Linda Winchell (3/14/2009 1:22:00 PM)

    Sometimes even a call won't change what happens to people. Great poem! Possibly one of the best I've read in a long while. God Be With You! Linda (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2009 12:18:00 PM)

    Im keeping this one, It is beautiful. Seems to follow suit with my 'We're not The Same Kids. Thankyou for sharing 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2009 11:38:00 AM)

    Thought provoking, these strong words...make me feel the sense of your loss (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2009 10:50:00 AM)

    A distant haze written in a very touching narration or say pictorial of a very sad story......nicey penned.10+++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • (8/18/2008 12:52:00 AM)

    heart -wrenching story...celebrate the happy moments and i think that's what she wants...a very touching poem. (Report) Reply

  • (7/27/2008 12:56:00 AM)

    James this is trully touching, and so tender... You have managed to bring tears to my eyes, as your potrayal of what is unfortuatly all only too recoginized in todays society.. This is very good... Your flow of your words brings out the compasion within you.....

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  • (7/25/2008 11:22:00 PM)

    James that was very touching..We never know what will happen in our lives..Or what the past will bring. (Report) Reply

  • (7/21/2008 1:52:00 PM)

    How perfect the first line'There was a knock upon my door'! Sometimes we
    miss it and need to forgive ourselves. enjoy your flow of words and capturing
    the heart of description. Phebe
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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 25, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, June 3, 2013

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