Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sweet Darkness: A Poem

The lights in one house go out,
One by one,
The street lamps turn off,
The fireflies glow
And so do the headlights of cars.
Soon every house does the same,
Darkness grows in the city,
Slowly, the world shuts off all its lights,
Without a fight,
The flip of a switch from every country,
It was their master plan,
So that the world may see the universe,
So that people can gaze at the stars,
See the vastness of the galaxy,
All in one night,
The beauty of being so small
The beauty of living in a universe so vast
Space was what they saw with wondering eyes
In all its prowess,
In all its might,
Shooting stars flew,
Planets shined, while stars burned bright,
They all lost their breath that night,
Watching the giant moon
Surrounded by everything,
The satellites in space,
And the pictures in books could never match this moment
This moment in history
When every source of light
Disappeared for just a few moments
And the darkness was welcomed,
“Oh, sweet darkness stay a bit longer,”
Was what they all wished together.

 If you were to wake up anywhere in the world tomorrow morning, where would it be? 


Theresa Milstein said...

I like the mood created in the beginning of the poem.

If I could wake anywhere in the world tomorrow morning, it would have to be in a house on beach in the south of France. Many people have told me how beautiful it is there. And I'd like to go some place summery before the season ends.

James Garcia Jr said...

I think I would like to wake up alone
In a comfy sleeping bag
High on a mountain top
Where there was no danger or extreme heat or cold
Where the sky was clear and one could see for miles in any direction
The beauty that can be found on Earth.

Cool poem and what a great question. I think I was actually transported to that mountain, if only for a moment.

Elisabeth said...

I'd like to wake up at home.

I've just spent a few rough days in hospital with a broken leg and believe me, there is no place better than home, when you are incapacitated. Thanks for asking, Vachte and for this beautiful poem.

The Words Crafter said...

MMmmmmm, I loved this poem. For years I've read about how we don't see the stars in the sky because it's never truly dark enough anymore. How cool would it be to turn off all the lights and see what we've been missing. If we can see through all the pollution, that is...

Where would I wake up? Can I have more than just one morning?

The Middle East
The Arctic Circle

and any of those places 500 years in the past...

Terresa said...

Montevideo, Uruguay. I love that city.

sarah said...

this is awesome Alex. so well written that I can feel it...and see it...☺ I'd like to wake up in a country where I can hold the orphans...those no one loves...and tell them they are a gift to the world.

Vatche said...

Theresa, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem!

Also, I would love to visit France, too. I often dreamed of just waking up there in Paris, surrounded by people walking, scents in the air, and lights from everywhere. It's a beautiful place to wake up one morning. I hope you do get to visit there someday.

Write on!

Vatche said...

James, I'm glad to see your comment here!

A nice nature spot to be sounds like your a person who enjoys the great outdoors. I've never been camping, but I'm hoping to do it sometime this year actually. A road trip or something with friends would be nice.

Breathe in that nice mountaintop air and write on!

Vatche said...

I wish you get better soon, Elisabeth.

A person, who wishes to just wake up in her own bed the next morning, because she's stuck at a hospital. It's really touching. I pray for you to get better fast and to be home as soon as possible.

Write on and thank you!

Vatche said...

Interesting choices, The Words Crafter/Becky! It seems as though you want to visit a lot of places in the world and I am the same. I would love to be in one of those places someday in the future...or in the past too, because you wouldn't mind being there 500 years before now. If only time machines existed!

Write on and I hope you get to at least wake up one morning in one of those places you wished for someday in the near future!

Vatche said...

Uruguay is a cool place to be and a very unique choice, I believe. It is a place flourishing with culture!

Write on!

Vatche said...

Umm, Sarah, I'm not this Alex person, but thank you for enjoying this poem!

Also that's a very beautiful and original thought. Everyone, every child, man and woman, are a gift to this world. No one should be excluded.

Write on!

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