I was standing in a golden glow

When the gray washed over me

Like when I was just a kid

Suspecting that something inexpressible

Had just been irretrievably lost.


There are those who say that the dark

Must be denied, detained, refrained;

All I know is that it knows my smell,

And finds me without sight or sound,

Comfortable in my discomfiture, it stays.


Sometimes not for long, just an interruption

Otherwise, brooding like a barnyard hen

It loiters in my closet, a silent nightstalker

Until I turn on the light all night

And the dawn comes fuzzy, low, and late.


If just one heart would listen well,

I wouldn’t have to pray so much,

Or dream of kisses in my sleep;

No one’s missed their breath but me,

And no one wants to hear they’re due.


I might ramble, ‘cause at times, my heart staggers

On the way to telling the last, best truth;

Testing who still wants to listen

To the wisdom of the quiet mind

Riding the slippery snicker-back of melancholy.


There are some jokes that just serve notice

That it isn’t really time for laughter,

Except when money somehow pays the rent

For company; and when strangers

Are often the truest love around.


Soon I’ll fetch a pen just for graffitti,

And shift my jesting notions

To the restroom of the church;

If God has a sense of humor

He’ll laugh on Sundays, too.


The Jews still suspect Jesus of some devilry,

While betting He won’t make it back;

Man of sin, O man of sin, once we see you

He’ll be back. Watch out for that golden glow

Annihilating every dark with bright retributions.

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wheelsal commented on Erasures


Read this through twice. First for the depth of you inspired thinking and second to focus on your humor. Every line inspires thought-provoking either way. You are the best. Haven't heard much from you lately. Must be on your bike enjoying the weather.



I've posted another, Kumbaya. And I'm often on my bike enjoying the weather.

Writer1 commented on Erasures


Very inspiring! I enjoyed this poem because YOU said some things I'VE THOUGHT. Either YOU'RE in good company, or is it I? :) :) ~Sandy



Sany, I'm sorry, I missed thanking you on time. Harv

anaisnais commented on Erasures


Great write Harver, interesting muse stirred from it, leaving you to think even after having read it a few times, to take something away and mull further over it to me is the sign of interesting poetry... Well done, kindest thoughts, Anna-Marie.



Thanks so much for your response. Harver

Artie commented on Erasures


Maybe it's just me, but I got a kick out of this. Of course the mesage comes through, but so does your wit - 10 from me



Thanks. But I'm a bit unnerved by the sound of God laughing. What does He know that I don't? Maybe I should clean up that grafitti before word gets out? On the other hand. . . it really seemed like a good idea at the time . . . thanks Artie. Harv

frog commented on Erasures


This poem was very moving to me. I especially like the opening parts of the poem and how the feelings are expressed.



Thank you for your thoughtful read. Harv

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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