A Promise of Morning

I never saw what waited in the shadows

until the sun set on a city burning

and dusk became a veil over the world

Out across lands and people already conquered

still drunk on the first taste of rebellion

that long revolt against a night that always returns

Their eyes bloodshot, fixed on the center

where breathes a promise of some eternal morning

dawn after darkest night

And surely now the doors will open

and out will walk the sun into a crowd of waiting ghosts

gentle as it brushes away all memory of shadow

Has a book ever truly scared you? I’m talking like a horror movie can scare you. There were a few as a kid that definitely got to me. The closest any book has come to matching that in my adulthood is The Exorcist. Mostly I just get chills sometimes, not what I’d call actual fear.

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10 thoughts on “A Promise of Morning

  1. Rhen Laird

    I refused to read or see the movie, The Exorcist. But The Omen was pretty scary, as well as the old classic, “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte”…which I have on DVD, and still get scared when Joseph Cotton’s character is back from being dumped in the muddy pond, and Charlotte is nearly catatonic… Great poem as usual, Mitchel.

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      1. Rhen Laird

        The original “Omen” is best–Lee Remick and Gregory Peck…the remake is okay, Julia Styles. But Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte with Bette Davis…well, classic SCARY, good thriller with Hitchcock’s intelligent twists. Enjoy!

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  2. David this is beautiful. So many lovely metaphors in this work. “Out across lands and people already conquered
    still drunk on the first taste of rebellion
    that long revolt against a night that always returns” you ended this piece so lovely as well. “gentle as it brushes away all memory of shadow.

    Yes, that was not the healthiest book/movie. It was one I could not watch for years and it bothered me. I think there are some places for me that I can not go and that is one of them. Have a blessed Wednesday my friend. Love Joni

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      1. You are right of course. As a nurse when I was in training I fought with the psychiatrist about electric shock therapy. I was lucky I wasn’t thrown out of the program. I was so opposed to the procedure. Beautiful poem my friend. Love you Joni

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