NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 13 – “Among A Moment Gorging In Gloom” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Darkness” by Lord Byron

Hello ladies and gentlemen.

Welcome to Day 13 of National Poetry Writing Month over at this realm.

The prompt over at NaPoWriMo HQ was to craft a poem that is mysterious/spooky. – Day 13 prompt

I’ve therefore selected a poem called “Darkness” by Lord Byron as my inspiration for my own found poem.

You can find the lyrics to “Darkness” here if you too want to indulge in its spooky, surreal and breath-taking verses.

“Darkness” by Lord Byron (George Gordon) over at Poetry Foundation

And finally, here is my found poem, which incidentally has also come out very dark too, thank you for reading it.


Assiniboine Forest, Winnipeg, Canada

Image by Cendrine Marrouat at Cendrine Marrouat Photography


“Among A Moment Gorging In Gloom” by David Ellis

Not all stars wander in space
The icy earth blackening
Men forgot their passions
In hearts, selfish for thrones
All things were burnt
To look into the eye of the fearful
Hope was all faded
Crackling with black, despairing light
Some wept and some clenched hands
And others fed the dull sky
Of a past world
Dust, teeth, wild, terrified
Among a moment gorging in gloom
Thought was immediate
Fed upon by the birds and beasts
But with a piteous, perpetual caress
A desolate crowd did survive
Where ashes and breath
For a little, made a flame
Eyes beheld hideousness
The world was chaos
Within silent depths
On the abyss
The waves, the moon, the winds and the clouds
Had no need of them

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