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Mankind Departed

June 10, 2022

I used to write all kinds of poetry back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Although this one is a bit corny, it has stuck with me through the decades:


Mankind Departed

©1965 Allen E. Rizzi

The sky held a coat of milky stars

And the night was cold with living gray.

He sat on the beach, his head in his hands

Waiting for the break of day.

Over the sea, there crept a mist

That extended to a foreign shore.

Out on the point, over the rocks,

The surf was a muffled roar.

The golden sand clung beneath his toes

Until the water washed it away.

He cried by the shore, the night to himself,

Waiting for the break of day.

He was still, most assuredly corpselike

With a stare that was fixed to the sky.

He sat there and stared, not seeming to care

As the tide crept mysteriously high.

Then each silver star faded quickly,

Stolen right out of the sky.

As the moon disappeared too sharply,

He lowered his head to cry.

The fog echoed his breathing

Until it became a soft wail.

A ship sailed out of the night

Which hid its silvery sail.

He boarded her deck with a smile,

He had known she’d come all along.

The ocean surged all about her

As the night wailed her song.

Purple light and idle wanderings,

The sand and sea gone away.

Now nothing exists where man once sat

Waiting for the break of day.

More of my poetry may be found in Prescriptions from the Rhyme Doctor

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  1. What a beautiful poem. Enchanting and well penned. Perfect timing. ❤️

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  2. sugarplum39 permalink

    Beautiful and haunting. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Beautiful poem, Allen.

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