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Below is the poem entitled Nocturnal which was written by poet Carrie Richards. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Nocturnal Dismiss my harbingers of dread to flight Banish all foes, old hallmarks of fretting, fraught, despair I will shutter away those loathsome ghouls from sight I will rob the keepers of the night Those winds that circle wild in restless air Dismiss my harbingers of dread to flight When anxious thoughts arise to wage the fight with tangled webs, they weave a viscid snare I will shutter away those loathsome ghouls from sight I flex my weary wings, against the morning light Ignore the mocking of my hallowed fear Dismiss my harbingers of dread to flight The night is long, the darkness grip holds tight and keeps the axis of the world a tilted sphere I will shutter away those loathsome ghouls from sight Oh bless sweet sleep, you welcomed, winsome sprite! When last you bring my dreams to slumbered fair Dismiss my harbingers of dread to flight I will shutter away those loathsome ghouls from sight

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 10:36:00 AM
    Congrats on your win Carrie~A.O

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 8:06:00 AM
    Almost spooky Carrie.....I enjoyed reading this.....congratulations... Donna

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 6:49:00 AM
    Great poem. I love the analogy. Congrats.

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 6:50:00 PM
    You channeled the mistress of the dark. Well done congratulations

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 6:23:00 PM
    Yike Carrie..what are the loathsome ghouls? Congrad's on Your Win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 3:41:00 PM
    Congratulations Carrie, very nice poem, great use of words, I take it it's not your usual style as it was in this contest, I'll look at some of yours and see. Thanks for your visit and comment. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 12:08:00 PM
    It's an intriguing form the villanelle, isn't it, Carrie? I wonder about the approach to writing one, almost need to start with the end, perhaps? Congratulations! However, I do detect your fine vocabulary, I think. ;) Cheers, Roy

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 10:16:00 AM
    Carrie, Congratulations :-) with your awesome win in Isaiah's "Pull the Wool Over My Eyes!" contest :-) always loving your poems : > LINDA < :

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 10:10:00 AM
    This is really awesome for a first villanelle! Congratulations on your winning place!

  1. Date: 4/6/2013 12:22:00 AM
    excellent Mrs Richards ; )

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 4:26:00 PM
    Good job..These are not so easy to write for sure..Enjoyed reading this eve..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 12:06:00 PM
    Wow, Carrie! You should write villanelle more often - with such a repetitive form, it's important to choose interesting lines, and you nailed it! Very gripping tale!

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 9:47:00 AM
    - Carrie,lovely poem to read. - Well done as always! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 4/3/2013 7:32:00 PM
    Beautiful poem Carrie!Great Villanelle!!