When the World Stills

When the World Stills

A Poem by Rae Merkle

I walk down this pathway a casual observer. 

I see the light in a window change across the way,

a lone stranger on the sidewalk passes me by. 

I can hear a car hiss past in the city below, 

nearly a whisper amidst the crickets. 


It feels almost forbidden, 

as a forbidden witness of forbidden life 

of a forbidden time that is so dead

 yet so alive. 


I watch in awe as the night carries on 

while the world stills its breathing, 

and continue walking.

© 2021 Rae Merkle


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I just adored that first stanza, this is a wonderful write

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Added on November 16, 2021
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Tags: romanticism, modern, narrative