I Have Walked

I have watched the half moon disappear

Night Walk

I have walked now and then in rain,
Walked until the road gave to stones.
I have known a thing or two of pain.

I’ve returned home alone at night,
To rooms that don’t speak back to me at all.
I have stayed up late without a light.

I have watched the half-moon disappear,
Watched until the frost benumbed my face.
I have seen the seasons of the year.

I have left warm, pleasant rooms for plain,
Left without a word explaining why.
I have known a thing or two of pain.


(1980)

NOTES: Robert Frost said, “I have been one acquainted with the night.”

Gerard Manley Hopkins said, “To seem the stranger lies my lot … ”

Ray Charles sang, “I live on lonely avenue.”

This poem 38-year-old history, but I took a walk the other night, and before the half moon disappeared behind a cloud, I got a shot. And it made me think of a less happy time.

 

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Bobby Ball

I love poetry. But I'm picky. No one pays me to read and write poems. It's more of a labor of love. I guess that puts me in good company. This is a project to discover why some poems strike you deep, deep down, while others leave you cold. I've got some ideas, and I'm eager to learn. I'll show you some of mine. Maybe we'll learn something new.

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