Spoken Poetry Reading: Visitor of the Night

Sometimes, poetry can tell stories, like this piece. And sometimes…they can be a bit scary, or perhaps…mysterious. Get ready for a short thrill from my narrative poem that I wrote titled, “Visitor of the Night.” Follow along with the poem below as you listen…


Visitor of the Night


Within hours after midnight,
storm arose from the cloudy skies.
She sat up in her chair,
awakened, unable to sleep
to the howling winds
that called out in her dreams.

Curled up with a notebook in her lap,
she journaled the events of her day,
hoping to give her some peace
to nod off and sleep.

Only sleep seemed to be on pause tonight,
as the winds outside continued
to blow harder with force.
Lightning flickered the sky
and she held her blanket tighter
wondering what was to come next.

As the howling came at a hiss,
thunder crashed and
the power flickered.
Within seconds,
she found herself alone
in the darkness,
gripping her pen and notebook.

The wind outside seemed to mutter in code,
as the trees danced in sync.
Lights flickered on and off
in a light rhythm
as if speaking in its own language.

“Hello?” she called out to the darkness…
The wind blew, dancing its fingers through the
chimes outside.

Within her heart, she felt that same familiar tug,
a chill crawling through her back…

“Why do you come to me?”
another question, blurted out
into the night.

Her heart, responded, beating in quick small rhythms
as the wind pounded at her door,
She stood up,
with force and stated,

“I’m not afraid of you!

and with beating heart, she recited the verse
that she knew best…

“The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want…
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death; I will fear no evil…”

The wind pounded harder with force
as the words struck each chord
and then the loudest thunder
clapped within the universe.

The howling subsided,
and a light began to
burn throughout the night.

*Ariana R Cherry

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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