A Dream of Orpheus

by Christopher Shin

As I stare out into the
masses of people cladded in
black with their pearly white skin,
I ponder as my mind slips into
a world of half a sleep but I remain
still awake.

I see the world as a romantic possibly
could, as I down another beer.
Or maybe I'm just to tired
to consider the fact that
I should be asleep by now.

I watch the beautiful dark
butterflies hover around
those who claim to be
the darkest flame in the world.
I see their motherly touch rewarded
with their flaming touch.

I stare out in hope or maybe
it is the wonder that maybe I won't
go home alone tonight.
I stare out to find the one who
has my heart in her small

Such fragile small and trite thing
the heart is in our life.
Nothing special but a mystical
thing we have given it power to control
our destiny.

Why is it that every night I see
if I could find the bearer of my
mystical, fragile, and trite emotional belief.
And yet when I find her I am always
alone even in her arms even in the
company of my closet friends.

As I stare out into the night
with the smoke that surrounds my
sense and the desire to just go
home and call it a night.
I stand here like a fool in
a world full of dark shadows and
blue eyes and pasty white skin.


Posted on 07/29/2003
Copyright © 2022 Christopher Shin

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Max Bouillet on 07/29/03 at 10:31 PM

Being alone while with others... an all too familiar feeling that you articulate extremely well and uniquely in verse. Very well written. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jeanne Marie Hoffman on 12/09/03 at 06:33 PM

Has an erie feel to it... I especially like the last three lines

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/27/04 at 03:12 AM

Captivating piece. Has a familiar vampiric tone to it. Congrats on POTD!

Posted by Emily G Myers on 03/28/04 at 04:40 PM

congrats, Chris! :D a great choice for potd.

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