Les Derbyshire

Listen To The Darkness - Poem by Les Derbyshire

Come close and feel the night!
Here with me beneath this tree,
Listen to the darkness!

All the long day the rain had fallen,
Grey torrents from an angry sky
Hiding the valley from my vision,
Swelling the rivulets
In the dark lane.

Now, wild day has given way
To savage night.
Torn shreds of day
Invade the dark,
Spirits, wind-driven,
Chase across the infinite black,
Pursue the hunted moon
And she, elusive, spills her light,
Splashing down into the wild garden.

Can you hear the voice of the night?
The urgent whispered call of the wind,
The hurried chiding of the trees?
In the dark labyrinth of the holly
The small birds shaken from their sleep
Fret and scold — to no effect.
The wind takes note of their complaint,
Tears it in a thousand pieces
And throws it into the night.

Listen to the darkness.
Here with me beneath this tree,
Come close and feel the night!

©Les Derbyshire January 2010

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  • (6/22/2010 6:28:00 PM)

    Thank you Maria. I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem. Best wishes, Les. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/22/2010 4:58:00 AM)

    Reading this your poem I just felt as though was sitting there 'beneath this trees'...listening not only the darkness...but also as you was suggestively retailed all this night story which can know only who silently sits, sees, listens
    and perceives with all his senses....Thank you for sharing Les!
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2010

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