At Home in Darkness



The empty streets are home to me, a spouse
to deep darkness, that’s aware of my name.
From street to lane, from the bar to her house
I know the chill, the blind walls all the same.
And rightly so you’ll loath me with the blame
of hiding there. I did create this sham
I am not he, you like to think I am;
I gather loss, keep circling like a fish.
Now let me go, I won’t fit in with them,
I’ll pull you down, deserve to live like this.

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Submitted by ludy_b on December 14, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABABBCCDEF
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 441
Words 96
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 10

Ludy Bührs

The topics she writes about are very diverse, so are the poetry styles she applies. As a Dutch translator and poet, having lived in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh for 2.5 years, in 2008 she published "Op de ruïnes van een rijk" (On the Ruins of an Empire) ISBN 978-90-8834-483-1 with 60 poems based on her experiences there. In 2007 she received a Certificate of Accomplishment as one of The Best Poems and Poets of 2007 issued by poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry for her poem Choked Truth, her own translation of "Verstikte waarheid", one of the poems in the book. Born in 1956, she still works as an independent translator, translating from English into Dutch. more…

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