Darkling in Shadow

In Shadow find the Darkling ‘sleep, for darkness does her sorrow keep
In comp’ny with her soulful weep and errant misunderstandings;
Whilst the Nightingale sings her song, frantic and sullen, loud and strong,
In shades of grey, ‘tween right and wrong, her misery notwithstanding.

A lyrical song of romance; a melody by which they dance;
Grasping at straws for one last chance to go trip the light fantastic.
Underneath the forbidden tree, where mem’ries lived of what could be,
The Shadow bares his soul to she, an action that seemed quite drastic.

For the eye of intention’s dark, and random flirting leaves its mark,
The shape of a heart in the bark of the taboo tree that shades them;
But from their lust no love is born, as Darkling’s heart is broke and worn,
And lies are told when love is sworn and Shadow mostly evades them.

Thus poems are wrote and songs are sung, with tenderness, with silver tongue
And, although neither one is young, their hearts together do tingle …
So, in Shadow the Darkling lies, under his watchful Irish eyes,
Protected from the darkened skies where both love and heartbreak mingle.


Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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