This night…

was just such a night
as have been many the more
nights afore
of timeless

I lay awaking
aware of every inbreaking
the car ‘round
the road’s bend turning,
the train, o’er the track just to the west, churning,
its whistle blowing,
nature’s nearness, the limb of a tree just outside my window clutching
of a hooting owl, its wings fluttering;
and alert to every sight:
the ambient light
across the ceiling flickering;
finally, restless, rising
at the distant moon beaming,
the manifold stars twinkling.

moon and stars

into the night’s endless canopy gazing,
I wonder
whether another
near or far, far away,
as I, was praying
to the Other
that by the coming morn
all the world by Spirit-sword would be shorn
of all the –isms(1) that press harsh upon human longing
and all the –ities(2) that make midnight of every day’s dreaming;
and that life would, could richer

Was another, as I, praying? Probably!
Will the day dawn brighter? Probably not!
Yet, by faith and hope, my soul faints not.
Thus, I continue to pray:

praying hands - sculpture

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.(3)


(1) E.g., ageism, ethnocentrism, racism, sexism, etc.
(2) Here, I think primarily of the iniquity of inequality.
(3) Words (1882) by George Matheson (1842-1906)

4 thoughts on “This night…

  1. Beautiful poetry… hooray… so fun to see you write :)… the prayer of a righteous man availeth much… the day WILL dawn brighter… hugs


    1. “Beautiful poetry” – again, I say, Kae, coming from you, this is high praise. Thank you. And though given to moments of despair, I remain a soul that abides in and with hope. Love and peace

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  2. Paul,
    I’m going to confess that I’ve read this a zillion times already!! This prayer speaks to me in a huge way!! I may hear different sounds than you BUT they have the same impact on me as yours do on you! It gets scary being alone and hearing new sounds that you don’t know what they are. I used to pray that God will protect me when I’m scared!! Now instead I will say your prayer. I thank you a million times!

    Much love!


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