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Midnight Stanzas

Jen Selinsky

Copyright © 2017 by Jen Selinsky

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ISBN: 9781370080427

To God and my family for standing by, and to all my artistic muses. You’ve all been wonderful.


*Not every poem included in this book is dated in chronological order. This is not an oversight on my part. Rather, I have made some changes and substitutions.


Midnight Stanzas

It is not midnight,

Yet I want to write some words.

I want the world to know

That I have some resources left, after all.

The sky is turning dark much earlier,

But I should not fear the dusky blue

Whose presence wants its fair

Share of time. I suppose it

Would be wrong to deny it that.

And those with restless minds

Find that they do not want

To go asleep as easily as they are told to.

Write on, you poets, and don’t

Be deterred by the setting of the sun.

Write on, and remember the times you had

Such great fun.

Take a walk and a moment to look

At the moon, for it is God’s creation, too.

And know that you are not alone,

Because all your loved ones are

Somewhere up in the sky,

Waving pleasant thoughts

To you to keep you safe throughout the night.



Why is it that I so foolishly decided to leave

A heart that is willing to give the proper order?

You were obviously the highlight of my life.

I feel as if my heart were ready to cross a border.

The sky no longer contains the same color

And radiant hue.

The sky no longer contains any hint of optimism

Since I so impulsively left you.

So many days go mournfully by,

And during all those days I sit and wonder why

My life isn’t content because I threw your love away

How much do you think that it cost your heart

Because I did not see much reason to stay?

In life, as well as love, there is a lesson that one must learn,

One heart’s passion is willing to give, while another heart

Has passion to mournfully earn.

I Never Knew Much About You

I never knew much about you

Until this very day,

When the world still mourns

Your loss, and we find it

Hard to move on.

You moved me with your lyrics

As you sang songs about

Flying and swaddling

Your lover in blue.

Now, I took the initiative

To find out more about

You and the kind of

Thing that highlighted

Your life.

Please say that you are

Now at rest, even

Though some would

Like to believe otherwise.

That way, so many would have

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