Night mistress Come quickly darkness Hide this servant from the eyes Of Deadly light Come mistress Fondle me In your entwining arms Sooth me with winds of fantasy Blind my despair with your dark caresses Come quickly Night And sleep wiith me In our bed of lonliness Away from the inquiring day Bare yourself to me Let me rest in your brief ecstacy Come quickly Night Share with me Your all consuming despair Come quickly night-my mistress
all souls day
prayers for loved souls to purge their passing reveal our grief this all souls day the earth gives up its dead to-night waiting to be received- carrying marzipan skeletons to place on their tombs we bring our offerings of water, wine, oil and grain sit and eat with them beside us sharing our lives with them again- i begin to recite the prayers for the dead with the cross, the book, and sword promising salvation and the cleansing of sins of those whom we this day commemorate to pass from their darkness to eternal light "But though I have wept and fasted,wept and prayed." T.S.Eliot black confessions whispered to a silver cross shoulders turned away from paradise completes the superstition
Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. An award winning poet. Several of his poems have been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Ascent ,Subterranean Blue and in The Tower Poetry Magazine, Inscribed, The Windsor Review, Boxcar Poetry Revue , and appears in the anthologies Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent, cabadian Italians at Table, Witness from Serengeti Press and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century . He has had poems published in the U.S. magazines Mobius, Pyramid Arts, Arabesques, Fiele-Festa, Philadelphia Poets and Memoir (and) as well as in Silver Birch Press “Me, at Seventeen” Series. He has had two books of poetry published— The Cancer Chronicles and The Ghosts of Water Street .
If you liked this story, perhaps you’ll enjoy these other works by Joseph Farina published in The Chamber: “fever planes”, “simulacrum”, and “what we leave behind”, “Nightwalker” , “The Jackal People”, “Shadows Flowering”, and “incense and white wine”. Search The Chamber for older works by Joseph Farina.
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