Theodore Roethke Night Poems

  • 1.
    I

    I dream of journeys repeatedly:
    Of flying like a bat deep into a narrowing tunnel
    ...
  • 2.
    Where were the greenhouses going,
    Lunging into the lashing
    Wind driving water
    So far down the river
    ...
  • 3.
    1

    Whatâ??s this? A dish for fat lips.
    Who says? A nameless stranger.
    ...
  • 4.
    When I put her out, once, by the garbage pail,
    She looked so limp and bedraggled,
    So foolish and trusting, like a sick poodle,
    Or a wizened aster in late September,
    ...
  • 5.
    By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.
    He likes the attic of an aging house.

    His fingers make a hat about his head.
    ...
  • 6.
    Let others probe the mystery if they can.
    Time-harried prisoners of Shall and Will-
    The right thing happens to the happy man.

    ...
  • 7.
    Now as the train bears west,
    Its rhythm rocks the earth,
    And from my Pullman berth
    I stare into the night
    ...
  • 8.
    In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
    I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
    I hear my echo in the echoing wood--
    A lord of nature weeping to a tree.
    ...
Total 8 Night Poems by Theodore Roethke

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