Semi-fantastical, as fairies tip-toeing in the dark, Nocturne is a hymn to the night.

Nocturne

 

How comforting to some

that night should bear the dark:

The timid and discreet may lurk where light will leave no mark.

A medium for will 'o the wisp

to tread by paths unseen,

and spirits deep in soulless plot may dwell on dire scheme.

Of impressionistic shadow,

and subtle shades,

the senses serve to tease;

as passing stars by mute glow etch

a jaded reflection of eternity.

 

 

by Steven P. Pody

Excerpted from "The Panoptikon"


Submitted: August 07, 2020

© Copyright 2022 Steven P. Pody. All rights reserved.

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AFRODITE STATHI

Beautiful writing!!!Great use of words!!!Bravo.

Sun, December 13th, 2020 3:55pm

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Thanks kindly, I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Happy holidays to you and yours!

Sun, December 13th, 2020 11:14am

allenmw

On the occasion that I write a rhyming poem, it is always my hopy, my goal that upon the first read, the reader may not realize the rhyme. I feel you have accomplished that with this poem. Also, the language used does not seem archaic--I'm cool with using a style popular on previous centuries, but prefer a current language pattern.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 12:04am

allenmw

On the occasion that I write a rhyming poem, it is always my hope, my goal that upon the first read, the reader may not realize the rhyme. I feel you have accomplished that with this poem. Also, the language used does not seem archaic--I'm cool with using a style popular in previous centuries, but prefer a current language pattern.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 12:05am

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I write in both free-form and rhyme, though through a lot of decades of writing I prefer rhyme. My poetry heroes are mostly 19th Century, and for the 20th I looked to lyrics in the amazing American musical scene - so I guess the form is natural to me. I don't feel the form is archaic, as many do, though some of my works, particularly "Whither", resort to historical phraseology/wording because it directly enfolds a historical setting (though a timeless theme). Anyhoo, thanks kindly for the comment. SPP

Sat, January 23rd, 2021 4:44pm

Archia

I love this whole picture that you painted. It was so fantastical as you described it, and the flow in your poem made it almost melodic. Its like you captured not just a scene of the night but also a feeling of the night.

Sun, August 1st, 2021 11:23pm

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Thank you most kindly for the comment. There's a slight essence of a winged night sprite tiptoeing and dancing lightly upon each successive word. I appreciate your remarks and am glad that you liked the piece. Poetic regards, SPP

Mon, August 2nd, 2021 12:06am

mironukleus

This just paints a wonderful image in my mind, I love the visuals.

Thu, September 1st, 2022 12:07pm

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Am glad you liked it - short and lyrical, and one of my personal favorites. Thanks kindly for the comment! Poetic regards, SPP

Thu, September 1st, 2022 8:11am

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