Collected Poems of John Holmes
Holmes, John A., Jr.
A dark night. And half in shade
Of somber cedar trees, an old man stood
And gazed at heaven and its twinkling stars.
And long he looked and all his thoughts
Went back and back, retracing life
From early youth , up to the present
Where he stood, gazing at blackness,
And he said, "Time was, when in the sky
More shining stars were set and twinkling,
As well as in my own sky as that above.
But now they glimmer not so bright,
Or some are gone, and utter darkness
Seems to come, and life is nearly done.
There was a time when, ore stars shone than now.