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Who Knows In The Dark
by William G Bentrim
Friday, July 17, 2009
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Narrative, poetry, who knows who I am, especially in the dark.

 

Sometimes deep in the night, I wake, I wonder, am I the child or the adult?  

Am I the father, the son or the grandson? 
Who am I? 
What age lies upon my shoulders? 
What responsibility blankets me? 
What relationships entangle and caress me?  
Do I answer to Billy, Bill, William, Dad, PopPop or husband?
In the dark, why can’t I tell who I am?  
Is my life a dream? 
Is my dream my life? 
Is the wet spot on the bed the unrequited lust for life of the onset of puberty or the semi-senile drooling of the aged?
Is the ache in the arm the result of pounding down shots, shooting too many hoops or the onset of arthritis? 
Is the quiet breathing next to me the sound of my love, the sigh of my child or the adolescent wheezing of my brother in childhood? 
In the dark, how can you tell who you are?
Need I roll over to sleep so I am rested for work or lie awake contemplating what work lies ahead?
Is my life at the beginning or at the end or somewhere in the ill defined middle?
Is the noise in the night my parents coming home, my child awakening to be fed or my own phlegm ridden cough?
Who can tell in the dark?
The softness of night can be a reprieve from a trying day, the easing of sore muscles and tired bones, the recollection of past success or failures or a tiny little death each and every occurrence.
If I drag my self to full consciousness’ will I lie curled in my boyhood bed, my frat house single or my wedding king, where will I find me?
Who knows in the dark?
As I lay in that valley between sleep and awake, I know my life has encompassed good, bad and ugly but I know with certainty that I love, am loved and will continue to love my life, my wife, my family.
Even if it is dark, my night is never lonely.  
Who knows in the dark?
I do!                                                                                                     ©2009
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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 7/21/2009
Deep soul searching, the kind of poetry I truly appreciate. Stunning work
Reviewed by Lori Moore 7/20/2009
You have crafted some interesting images. Enjoyed.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/19/2009
YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! ONLY YOU AND GOD KNOWS. GOD BLESS AND THANKS FOR SHARING THIS WELL WRITTEN WORK. THANKS FOR SHARING AND GOD BLESS. JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Elizabeth Hobbs 7/17/2009
Hi William
Your words certainly get one thinking. Thank you, Liz



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