#HelloYellow: Poem, A Note to the Nightbird


This is my first post. I just signed up to do my Arts Award Gold, and the induction today inspired me so much I couldn't resist the opportunity to delve straight in with this. It's in response to the #HelloYellow campaign for World Mental Health Day. I'd like to think of it as a message to myself.

#HelloYellow: Poem, A Note to the Nightbird
Before the dawn my eyes were cast down,
The tide was only just withdrawing and my mind
Over-wrought with fretting
Haunted by speculation over the future and the past
I lay there quietly
All was clear on the eastern front.
I turned to greet it, and smiling, I closed my eyes.
I shut myself off, just for a while
And as I woke the sun was up
But I kept looking back
And longing for morning,
But it never came.
I never saw
The yellow gleam of day
Just the black inside my eyelids
And it was there I wanted to stay.
I willed myself to rise above
These instincts
In the web I had created for myself
Of spinning thoughts
Endless narratives
The separation of myself
From the point in the middle
That is me.
The sun set, and I,
A creature of the night, took
To my writing desk and spilled
My blood onto the page.
It was a start
I worked till I was weary
Carving my pen into the page
And then I saw
The sun
Emanating with its invasive light
And I slammed my book shut
For fear it would burn
And retired.
It was a start.
And as I stared at my chamber door
The mist drew in.
I closed my eyes
And dreamt of the raven, knocking
At my chamber door
To remind me
Of the yellow dawn.
He said
Never give up,
And I smiled.
I turned to face that yellow dawn
And closed my eyes
In remembrance of myself.
I'd missed the yellow dawn.
- A note to the nightbird,
From Edgar


Brendan Lyons

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  • Luke Taylor

    On 12 October 2017, 10:15 Luke Taylor Contributor commented:

    This is amazing! Fantastic poem!

  • Cath Carver

    On 12 October 2017, 21:56 Cath Carver commented:

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing and a cracking first post. Look forward to your future posts and good luck going gold!

  • Diana Walton

    On 13 October 2017, 11:34 Diana Walton Voice Team commented:

    What a beautiful expressive poem!

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