The dead were long gone when I woke
and stood in the velvet stillness festering
under the feeble glow of a fading street lamp
amongst the drooping arms of a bottle brush
crouching low by the green scum pond
like a dog with a bone
worrying over the bench between its feet;
Alive with the rustle and pant
of bodies whispering
moving without needing to see,
real flesh and blood
breathing in the darkness
while I am just a shadow
passing unseen
wet mud sucking at my heels.

About this poem

I spent the night at a large university recently and woke before it was light to take a walk on its lush campus. Perhaps stirred by the restless energy that permeates such spaces.

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Written on October 10, 2022

Submitted by sunilonlongwalks on October 18, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 474
Words 94
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 15

Sunil Rajagopal

My part-time pursuits of writing and birding helps make sense of my full-time life. Author of "What goes into a butterfly" and occassional columnist for publications like The Hindu Businessline. more…

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