Night Voice


Night Voice

It recites repeatedly The Lord’s Prayer,
sometimes The Lake Isle of Innisfree,
but mostly a simple Dear God,
pleas to carry this clay,
and all its wattles,
through the purple glow
to the next eye opening.


Short poem for Brendan’s prompt on Real Toads to write about voices one hears.  The Lake Isle of Innisfree is one of my favorite poems in the world, by W.B. Yeats; it begins, “I will arise and go now.”  Pic is mine; all rights reserved.

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14 Comments on “Night Voice”

  1. Even I say some variant of “Dear God” and I’m not even a believer. Especially at a time like this, of entering a very dark night.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Hey Mark, thanks for your kind comment. I was so blessed to go with my husband and daughter and daughter-in-law (they are married) to the march in New York, and feel heartened. I know it will be a difficult time–I keep thinking of June 68 and boy, how dark was that– but this seems fearful in a different way, of course, and especially if you spend a lot of time in NYC. All that said, we did elect Obama (which should have been impossible in this country) and we are here now. What else to do but try? (Unfortunately, I have talents that are not very political, but will just forge ahead.) Thanks so very much for your kind visit. k.

  2. Jim Says:

    The next eye opening will come very soon. Meanwhile, and it won’t change easily, “the one behind left holding moan;” (‘Waddle’)

  3. Gorgeous photo, and the prayer is apt for these times……

  4. M Says:

    I am glad to see you here, K, and to know you joined your feet.

    The road ahead is dark but we have no other choice but to walk it… ~

  5. Brendan Says:

    I love this. Faith consists in a long marriage to holy words–that night voice, in my book, sounds sometimes like Rilke, other times like the Psalmist) — which lays us down to sleep and awakens us to work the fields of glory. Heaven is in the saying. (And your sharing!) Great to see you here, and thanks for speaking out with shoe-leather on Saturday.

  6. othermary Says:

    Ah, I too know that voice. (And, regarding the comments, I marched too, but in Madison, Wisconsin. I fear dark days, but it was so encouraging to witness and be part of the march.)

  7. I do not have the same voice, though I can clearly sense the clay at night… maybe the prayer would help me.

  8. kaykuala h Says:

    The voice of prayers can never be underestimated. It provides solace, hopes and faith of the highest order!


  9. sanaarizvi Says:

    This is soo touching.. so beautiful!!❤️

  10. Helen Dehner Says:

    Enduring the next four years ~ I hope I am up to the task. Feeling overwhelmed right now ….

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