Walking at Night

Asphalt sparkling under sepia streetlights

A sharp chill clouding my sighs

Cracked crippled sidewalk threatens beneath

Crisp crunchy fallen autumn leaves

A book under arm, philosophy flitting

Pumpkins on doorsteps, darkly grinning

Pacing the wind, and feeling I’m winning

In warmth of darkness, thoughts of sinning

Drift from my mind


This poem is intended to capture a feeling of gratitude and, by extension, a feeling of appreciation and emotional wellness. In the first stanza, a realization of mindfulness and presence is established as well as an acknowledgement of the individual’s personal connection to the larger world and place within it. The second stanza notates the sense of peace that comes with an acceptance of the world the way that it is rather than succumbing to a sense of powerlessness or meaninglessness.

Written by C. Seffense, WLLC 2015-2016

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