Mel Merrill


Night - Poem by Mel Merrill

The periwinkle petals closed
As daylight turned to dark-
And nighttime fell like dampened silk
To hush the meadowlark.

And the Talmud, and the holy words,
The violins and song-
Fell silent in the midst of dark,
Seeming out-of-place, or wrong.

And faith became a memory
Like love's first gentle kiss-
The most dear off all possessions
Was the one most sorely missed.

For God had been their guiding light,
As the rituals, and wine-
But the Cantor could not find a note...
T was the night of '39.

Topic(s) of this poem: faith


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The poem, I hope, speaks for itself- and the six million whose flame was extinguished by a blink of worldwide indifference (Read The Plague by Camus) . This poem came from my several readings of Night, by Vikor Frankl- who survived the camps as a young boy (Destined to be a Rabbi) and who, even in adulthood, could never rediscover his faith in God, or the spiritual passion that was his youth.

Comments about Night by Mel Merrill

There is no comment submitted by members..



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags


Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, April 4, 2014


Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. Television
    Roald Dahl
  10. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
[Report Error]