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After our foray
into forbidden territory
the harsh light of dawn
has awakened
my thoughts
and like bats
after a nocturnal frenzy
of feeding
they flee
back to their dark abode
and with them
my short-lived
false sense of self-assurance
and well-being
and I worry
that I might not
be able to wait
for another night
of forgetfulness
to bring them back

Copyright  Regis Auffray
February 2004
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Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo 1/7/2013
Since this poem has no punctuation I am assuming it should be read pausing at the end of each line. If I do that then the flow isn't smooth for me due to the formatting of the lines. I am tempted to structure the lines as such...

After our foray
into forbidden territory
the harsh light of dawn
has awakened my thoughts
and like bats
after a nocturnal frenzy of feeding
they flee
back to their dark abode
and with them
my short-lived false sense
of self-assurance and well-being
and I worry that I
might not be able to wait
for another night of forgetfulness
to bring them back

Doing that and reading the poem with a pause at the end of each line makes it flow better in my opinion.

Unless it is not meant to be read pausing at the end of each line. But then without punctuation how does one know where to pause if not at the end of each line.
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 4/1/2010
I admire your honesty Regis! A very interesting write too, continue to share your gift! Be encouraged and may the Lord bless you with His presence and His peace!

Much Love,
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 8/28/2009
Anticipation Regis. Tough one indeed. Nice work. Really enjoying perusing your stuff.
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 7/12/2009
I now understand why I am so hooked on reading your verses. You are a master at evoking really sad emotions. I on the other, though not a master like you evokes good feelings. This was the only way I was able to survive the many emotional and physical abuses I was subjected to as a child. I was and to some degree still is a dreamer. I will read all of your poems because they are evoking some feelings that have been kept dormant too many years. Thank you for the ride.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 10/17/2008

'Painted' by the hand of a master poet . . . thank you for sharing!

Best regards,

Reviewed by Michelle Mead 4/26/2008
Intense and sexy, dark and passionate, liked this alot. Michelle To the library it goes, lol.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 10/25/2007
The Essecnce in Passions of Love's Lust
is Expressed Very Nicely In This Piece

Love & Hugs
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 10/18/2007
Very creative and somewhat dark in ways.
Reviewed by Mary Quire 12/10/2006
This is a very powerful piece. We never truly know how our partner feels about us. It is that unknown that fuels many of these bat thoughts. Very well done.

Best wishes,
Reviewed by Janet Bellinger 3/19/2006
An evocative depiction of early morning depression. Well done.

Reviewed by Laura Via 3/28/2004
I must say the title drew me in then I saw the image and was like hmmm ... the write was darkly emotional, bled well on the paper.

Love & Light
Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 3/5/2004
Reviewed by SeRaPhiMa HuMMiNgByRd 2/21/2004
~*~ I am feeling a bit 'batty' now. Great Ominous Write! ~*~

~*~*~*~ Love, Shivani ~*~*~*~
Reviewed by Steve Joos 2/21/2004
I like the imagery on this one. It does remind one of several other unpleasant, sleepless nights.
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 2/20/2004
This is clever, and reminiscent of all too many dark nights of the soul, probably not just for me, but for all of us. Great pic.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 2/18/2004
This poem is truly descriptive with fantastic imagery. Great write.
Reviewed by Jaclynn Huntington 2/18/2004
I love this connection!! Bring on the bats!!

♫ Jackie
Reviewed by Karen Cino 2/18/2004
Awesome write. I love the imagery and the feelings that you are conveying here. Another masterpiece you have shared with us.

Reviewed by Christine Morell 2/18/2004
Outstanding creative poetry.Great imagery.
Reviewed by E. Richardson 2/17/2004
this is well done, Regis...imagery and metaphor are concise.
Reviewed by Trixie Love 2/17/2004
Fabulous write Regis...

I do enjoy your work!!!

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart 2/17/2004
imagery to power......metaphors to speed......ready to read, Batman! VROOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 2/17/2004
Hi Regis this was really different and creative...made me think
of all the bats I have in my belfry...LOL...cloris
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 2/17/2004
Your Bat thoughts are better than mine :)! Shall we rub shoulders so some of your talent could rub off onto me ?
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 2/17/2004

"Bat Thoughts" a pleasure to read,
the alluring imagery is also unique!
Thank you for sharing.

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 2/17/2004
Well penned and very thought provoking Regis.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 2/16/2004
Hmmm . . . this reminds me of a guy who drank too much and woke up with an ugly woman. (No I'm not talking about you!)

(. . . I hope.) LOL

Seriously, this poem has wings.
blessin's Reg/is

Reviewed by No Longer Member (Reader) 2/16/2004
a great write Regis......good job
Reviewed by andrea coltman 2/16/2004
Great imagery...loved it... best wishes Andrea
Reviewed by Jo Janoski 2/16/2004
Such motion and satisfying pictures in the mind. First-rate! I love this poem.
Reviewed by M Flack 2/16/2004
Wow, nice trickery with words...
Very enticing and alluring. Well done...
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 2/15/2004
Regis...another winner from you my friend....your imagery is very n luck...BHUWAN
Reviewed by Eddie Thompson 2/15/2004
ooooooo...i loved this...i'm tracking this author now!
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 2/15/2004
This really made me think. Excellent write Regis
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/15/2004
Incredible imagery in this poem, Regis; very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/15/2004
hey Regis, when I first read the title, my first thought was my mother in law twice, (1)old mean bat (2) WITH A BAT. Anyway spooky good write. Glad you wasn't batting after anyone, as in Louisville slugger. cheers G
Reviewed by Sheila Jones (Reader) 2/15/2004
Strong imagery, a most excellent piece, Regis!
Beautifully written!

Love, Sheila
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/15/2004
Regis your imagery and depth of feeling you reach in this poem is
incredible. Very creative work!Thanks for sharing;-)
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 2/15/2004
Excellent poem and drawing too!
Reviewed by Dale Clark 2/15/2004
Very good work. Powerful and evocative.
Reviewed by Connie Washburn (Reader) 2/15/2004
Cool poem - Love your work! I use to live by a home that had thousands of bats and they are such interesting little creatures.
We never had mosquitos until the home became condemned and the bats boarded out. The idea of thoughts like bats after a nocturnal frenzy of feeding in forbidden territory was so original and fun!
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 2/15/2004
Who of us doesn't recognize the night as a kind of cloak... but you take the mind further here.. your visuals are vivid, your night/day comparison stark and so honest. Cool piece, REgis! katy xox.
Reviewed by Andrea Da Costa (Reader) 2/15/2004
Quite a haunting poem with strong imagery
Well done!

Reviewed by Lori Moore 2/14/2004
Very good. Love the ending.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/14/2004
Excellent imagery Regis!!

Must say I don't like bats...they are full of goggo's!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 2/14/2004
Must have been a good dream, that you want to go back to it. I like the metaphor of "Bat Thoughts." Well done, Regis, very well done. ~~BonnieQ
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/14/2004
Bats are lovely creatures that are often misunderstood as mysterious and scary. Good thought-provoking piece.

~ May / Sandie ~
Reviewed by Marie Wadsworth 2/14/2004
I like bats and you capture their mystique and mystery well here.
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 2/14/2004
great write, Regis
Reviewed by E Detetcheverrie 2/14/2004
I love the night! Someday (somenight?) I'll return to my old nocturnal ways and forget exactly what the sun looks like and all that it reveals. Very nice piece...bats are so cool!
Reviewed by Linda Hill 2/14/2004
Awesome write, and artwork...
Loved this

Your Virgina Friend, *Linda*
Reviewed by Nancy D. 2/14/2004
Vivid imagery, great writing.

Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 2/14/2004
Cleaver Regis...
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 2/14/2004
Regis so very creative... Loved the imagery too.

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 2/14/2004
This was excellent! loved the imagery here!

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/14/2004
Reviewed by (Reader) 2/14/2004
Hi Regis,

When in the dark of nights foray
What pleasures face we do portray
Such wily warlocks seeks the sky
With moments thought, alone may I.

I love watching, the Bats at night, they are so harmless.

You have some good metaphors

Hesione Rhadamanthus.
Reviewed by William J. Cryer (Reader) 2/14/2004
Spectacular delve into the metaphor...brilliant!
Reviewed by Denise Edwards 2/14/2004
Awesome write, Regis! Very vivid imagery!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/14/2004
Fangs for this, great stuff
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/14/2004
The imagery is great as is the poem
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/14/2004
Profound write!
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 2/14/2004
I think this shows your thoughts haven't flown too far away!
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 2/14/2004
Wonderful imagery, Regis. Happy Valentine's Day.
Jill :)
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 2/14/2004
What extraordinary imagery, Regis!
Reviewed by J. Pajot 2/14/2004
Wonderful write on the feelings of second thoughts and post experience anxiety. Wonderful metaphor. All good things to you,

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