Before the Night Falls

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

As shadows and shades of gray and black begin to cover the light of the day gone by, I muse at the highlights of my life. I am at a pinnacle in life where past and present defines the totality of me.

BEFORE THE NIGHT FALLS

By Al Garcia

As shadows and shades of gray and black begin to cover the light of the day gone by, I muse at the highlights of my life.  I am at a pinnacle in life where past and present defines the totality of me.  I am at a crossroads in my life where tomorrows seem only to entice and seduce regrets for what may never be.

Memories of all the years gone by now seem to permeate and overwhelm the consciousness of me.  It is the natural stream of things to look back with reverence and with wonder at all things and places and people that have touched this fragile being that is me. 

Night becomes my reservoir of dreams once dreamt but never lived.  Night consoles my sorrows and my regrets.  Night is where my grief hides behind the emptiness of the dark, for it is the simplicity of the shadows and the shades of night that delights the senses and the mind.  The quiet and the serenity of the darkness that surrounds and engulfs my body and my mind replenishes the spirit that lights the coming day.

When I was young I dreamed of treasures and pleasures and of growing old.  And now that I am old and tired and weary, I dream of only shadows and the tranquility of the night that promises me treasures beyond my youthful fantasies and reveries. 

How short the time between my dreams and the shadows that come before the night falls. 

And I close my eyes and let the shadows consume the briefness of my existence.  And finally, the night falls and I dream no more.


Submitted: May 22, 2021

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