This is an early draft. Still working on it!

 

Deeply grateful to Ken D Williams for the incentive that his poem "DAY LIGHT AND NIGHT LIGHT!" gave me to write a poem of my own!




Give Us Stars

Daylight blares.

Sun like
a car-horn
honked:
impatient,

insistent,

rude.

Nightlight
consoles, heals the soul,
with gentle music:
Scarlatti, Debussy.

So many composers
have written nocturnes,
very few
meridian odes
to shrill high noon!

Violence
of light:
it likes us not:
the vulgar
overblown shriek
of summer heat,
the tawdry glitter
of rings and things

that flash and flare

and flaunt,
the bothersome din

deafening the eyes,
of advertisements
and cinematic
explosions.

Give us the warm
half-light
of a quiet shelter
against all perils
of the venturous
dark.

Give us the soothe
of lunar lucency,
moonlight,
give us the gentle
truth of the
moon, its
swell and swoon ---

give us stars,
distant and shining,

of subtler magnitude

than our

noisy neighbour sun,

yes, give us those

timeless unfaltering

stars
for which
no metaphor
however clever
suffices.





Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-03-31 at 03:32

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Brilliant writing, Tom. The solar stanzas are appropriately brash. The lunar stanzas are delightfully lyrical. (I don't see much room for improvement.)
2019-04-01


Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
I identify so well with this.
I really appreciate your descriptions of both the day and night.
I'm a "night" person. It's soothing to me. :)
2019-04-01