Moonless Nights

Moonless Nights

A Poem by Delmar Cooper
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The live oaks by the river live and thrive and hide

In summer when the heat is up in the leaves

And the blood boils or at least steeps

In rich veins of poor men and their women

Great white moths fly at night, flame drawn to

Where the live oaks by the river thrive and hide

In summer high up in the leaves

The dark things high up in the leaves

The things that watch and wait for

Opportunities, opportunities and

Unattended children.   

 

© 2021 Delmar Cooper


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I often get that feeling, too, that behind the (more or less) peaceful and "normal" facade of the world there's something mad and sinister. The Gnostics already talked about it in their dualistic worldview way back when. The mood in this poem is truly creepy - which is a compliment to your writing.

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

Thanks for reading. Yes, it went over the edge of the world there at the end.



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Another Stephen King Fan I see... or even ...Dean Koontz?

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

I find comfort in Koontz, the formula never changes even though the story does and I like that in mi.. read more
Chris

1 Month Ago

I so agree.
I often get that feeling, too, that behind the (more or less) peaceful and "normal" facade of the world there's something mad and sinister. The Gnostics already talked about it in their dualistic worldview way back when. The mood in this poem is truly creepy - which is a compliment to your writing.

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

Thanks for reading. Yes, it went over the edge of the world there at the end.
ohhhh i like it Delmar .. very tasteful spooky scene .. subtly enveloped me .. by the river, with the oaks ..really cool says i .. the repeating themes using same phrases reminds me of a pantoum only simplified . i think it works great to create the effect .. contrast of those "Great white moths .." is such a contrast .. they should be harmless but it gives me the shudders to imagine those mothy wings and bodies brushing up against me face .. arrrrrrrrgh ... i really appreciate the creative invention using "heat" the leaves and veins .. great connection ... such a shorty .. but i got into it .. nice one!
E.

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

Thank you for reading and your thoughts. I have no real reason for the moths. I just had a feeling .. read more
Makes me think of big cats hiding up in treats watching their prey with hungry eyes

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

Yes, something that descends from a high dark place. If I take tour meaning correctly.
The quick and the dead, moths and children. Compressed damn Faulkner is what it is, and I do mean that as some high praise.

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

I could put on my double breasted Faulkner suit, white until Labor Day, walk around in the evening h.. read more
So easy to conjure up the scary on dark moonless nights. I liked this - thank you .
Take care - Dave

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

Thank you for reading and taking time to comment.
Dave

1 Month Ago

You always make it a pleasure to stop and read, thank you.
Take care - Dave
I love it! (The things that watch and wait for opportunities, opportunities and Unattended children. ) ~Sharon



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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

So glad your read it and took the time to comment. Thank you.
A dark write Delmar. As dark as that moonless night and the fate of unattended children. Suitably creepy and Sci fi. Reminds me of the Day of the Triffids. (John Wyndham). They say his grave was completely smothered in stubborn ivy which had cracked the stone and penetrated the earth. Yes, it must have been out to get him. Great imagery.

Chris

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

Strange you should recall that movie. You must be very old or alternate between MTV and the Sci-fi .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

:)) you are absolutely right Delmar, of course it is the latter. Liking your tee shirt btw.
I do enjoy a good little bit of stalking now and again when the Bunny grows his fangs and waits for unsuspecting carrots to pass by:)

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

Brother Darko!
Thanks for reading and commenting.
The nasties

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Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

How did such a brief comment pass the hall monitor, when I attempt brevity I am prompted to include .. read more
Dave Brown

1 Month Ago

stretch the second word twenty five spaces away
Delmar Cooper

1 Month Ago

Ok, now where can I buy a really long mouse cord?

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Delmar Cooper
Delmar Cooper

Trussville, AL



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