Ghost of the Night

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Speak not,
for what listens to thou will be deaf;
Look not,
for what looks at thou will turn blind;
Touch not,
for what feels thou will turn cold;
Taste not,
for what eats thou offering will become poisoned;
Smell not,
for what senses you will faint with fever;
For you are the Ghost of the Night.

You rattle along at leisure,
Taking what thou wished and desired;
Fearing nothing but thou shadow,
So turn thou head not;
For you are the Ghost of the Night.

Seek what pleases thou,
Keep not what rages thou,
For fever in on your brow
When thou is in tempered rage;
For you are the Ghost of the Night.

Singest thou sweet dreary tune of pain,
As thou walks in the wilted and withered corn field,
For the other noises thou fear,
Keeps way from that sound and flamed torch;
For you are the Ghost of the Night.

Spot a single light thou does, high on hill-top,
So climb thee climb thee goes,
Peep through that idle key hole,
Which on-looks that sleeping bedroom;
For you are the Ghost of the Night

Moonlight is thou dearest friend,
Speak to she who loves you the evermore,
For keeping faith in her everlasting glow,
Thou not hear her sing the death tune;
For you are the Ghost of the Night.

Fear the nigh not, fear the day more,
What lies in the days wake,
Leaves in the nights path;
For you are the Ghost of Night.





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CountryPopGirl said...
Apr. 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

 like this.

although, at times, it seemed like you could have used the word thy

Just suggesting ;)

 
twat10 said...
Mar. 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm
OMG YOUR WRITING IS SOOO BEAUTIFUL
 
colettethevet said...
Mar. 8, 2012 at 9:43 am
Hauntingly beautiful, Naomi. You talents cease to amaze me!! You will need poetry to keep you sane during vet school studies.
 
NaomiStatia replied...
Mar. 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm
Thanks Colette!!! <3 Love ya til the end of the world!!! Forward this to other people, if you want!!
 
pickfruit said...
Mar. 7, 2012 at 6:00 am
Well done. Very creative and shows your imagination well. Keep it up!
 
Ethereal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 7, 2012 at 5:00 am
To be honest, I have never seen an old english poem on this site- it's very creative - I like it, though maybe ditch a couple of the "thous" to make a little eaier to read- I also really like the image you put with, it fits. good job!
 
NaomiStatia replied...
Mar. 7, 2012 at 5:37 am
Thanks Ethereal! I will consider the advice you gave me for my next poem. I hardly do old english. I read old english poems a lot. :) Thanks!!
 
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