Poetry Break: Innocent Night

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci


By Scott Biddulph 

poem: innocent night

Innocent Night

The night is not my friend,
And yet, I wish to surrender.
Tired, I long for rest.
To see the smoke clear from the battle.

The night is the essence of lonely;
It embodies all that humanity fears.
The night never shows mercy,
It cares nothing for your tears.

Is it just a condition of mind?
Could the night be innocent?


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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

12 comments

      • Ha! Yes, poetry really is subjective. Honestly, i often find a lot of it difficult to understand.
        Funny story. Early on in our marriage (where insecurities still ruled) my husband (once) wrote me a poem and left it for me before he went to work. When he returned home, I was in tears. They weren’t happy tears – I had totally misinterpreted his poem and thought he was saying his goodbyes and would be leaving (for an indefinite period of time).
        We had had one of those (not quite newlyweds anymore) kind of disagreements the day before and it was his way of making up. In reality, it was a beautiful love poem.
        It’s been 32 years and I have not gotten any more poems – now I get cards with very clear messages! lol!!

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