Poetry: ‘Lonely Nights’ by W.W. Safar

Posted on Jun 9 2014 - 2:42pm by Walter William Safar

Lonely NightsAgainst the old oak I cling my cheek

to hear a lost voice inside;

The voice of a lost friend,

the voice of my lost father and mother,

the voice of lost love.

And in this lonely night the voices

inside the old oak are quiet and inaudible,

as if dying along with my spirit.

The night has turned its beautiful lonely face to the sky,

and I,

I call out my own name in this lonely night.

which became perfectly strange to me –

with some desperate hope

that I shall hear the echo of my own spirit.

Wise people say that each spirit is made of memories,

and my memories are dead;

dead like those lost voices inside the old oak,

which, like vampire claws,

raises its old, barren branches towards a black crow,

to steel its voice and to call out into this silent, lonely night,

like the voice of many friends of men,

that someone’s tear sometime dies before it’s born.

Inside me, there is still hope

that someone shall hear my name,

and that it won’t sound as strange

as it does to me.

Slowly and ghastly I tread the shadows

like a sinner treads the skulls in hell,

and I call out with a solitary cry

into this lonely night,

to chase away death, if I can’t chase away solitude.

But what is life worth without voices,

not the ones you can buy,

but voices of conscience,

which are born and eternally live along with human souls.


Against the old oak I cling my cheek,

and I listen in to a thousand souls,

Now I know,

yes, Lord, now I know that someone will call my name as well,

because when you hear the voices of souls

of dear people you’ve lost,

you have the power

to bear memories of yourself in someone else.


©Walter William Safar

About the Author

WALTER WILLIAM SAFAR was born on August 6th 1958 . He is the author of a number of a significant number of prose works and novels, including "Leaden fog", "Chastity on sale", "In the falmes of passion", "The price of life", "Above the clouds", "The infernal circle", "The scream", "The Devil’s Architect”, "Queen Elizabeth II", as well as a book of poems. e-mail: walter.william70@yahoo.com

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