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Night Children

The Sunday Challenge at Real Toads is to use the works and messages of Nobel Prize winning poet Wole Soyinka for inspiration.  I had one line of his poem Night that particularly resonated with me, and I’ve used it as the first line of each stanza in my poem.

full moon

When night children haunt the earth,
darkness descends early;
the good folk retreat inside
to the safety of their homes.

When night children haunt the earth,
dark clouds come driving harsh rain;
water floods the low places,
drowning dreams and stealing hope.

When night children haunt the earth,
death arrives beneath dark cloak;
innocent men are slaughtered,
sacrificed to evil souls.

When night children haunt the earth,
danger lurks at each corner
until the good folk stand up,
heralding in morning’s reign.

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6 thoughts on “Night Children

  1. I like the refraining first line: When night children haunt the earth – The entire post gives me an haunting, eerie, devilish night ~ I look forward to that morning’s reign ~

    Thanks for linking up with Sunday’s Challenge and wishing you happy week ~

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