Street lamps

audio recording of this poem here

In cool night air
street lamps glow
their mellow lemon best
while stars sleep resting
on a bed of utter jet blackness
there’s comfort in the sky
and those lamps are friends of mine
on every inky journey
familiar sights at night
the special signs you look for
to gauge everything’s alright

in outback towns
the lights are warm
red dust in your hair
On coastal nights
the lights shine bright
in cool clean atmosphere
I think street lamps
are friendly giants
who serve to guard and guide
visitors and newcomers
who visit towns at night
leading us into the place
where we begin new life

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  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 5 years ago

    So full of hope and benevolence…xx

  • I’m so happy this is the feeling you got from this Rosie thank you very much :) xx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Kristi Bryant
    Kristi Bryantalmost 5 years ago

    great imagery KT x

  • Thank you so much Kristi!! :) xx
    so glad you liked it!

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 5 years ago

    what a wonderful writing!!!!. so true. i love the different ways people use lights to make a special place
    lights in a place…….. welcoming…… friendly…. warm…… glowing…..

  • Thanx so much dearest Isa, me also :)) xx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Therese M Smith
    Therese M Smithalmost 5 years ago

    This is wonderful to read.:)

  • Thank you Therese, so kind of you :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Chris Baker
    Chris Bakeralmost 5 years ago

    Hmm…. This is an exquisite little biopic of sorts, Karin – magical :) I feel there’s also a song in there somewhere also (?) Love it!

  • Thank you so much Chris, I’ve been thinking of you lately, I hope you’re well! :)
    so happy you liked this, I went for a drive tonight and the yellow lights brought back old memories and connections .. Nice warm feelings :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Sarah ORourke
    Sarah ORourkealmost 5 years ago

    Ooh, wonderful!!! I love this one… a different feel to it; your writing usually conjures up light imagery(for me), but this is dark— with the glow & warmth of the street lamps illuminating.

  • Thanks so muchly Sarah… It was one of those really dark nights with no stars at all yet it felt cost and warm out there in the dark driving … I just tried to capture the feelings and connections/mind associations, I’m so glad you enjoyed it :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Cost should read ‘cosy’ lol

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Yan Gao
    Yan Gaoalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Yan Gao!! :))
    good to see you …

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Yan Gao
    Yan Gaoalmost 5 years ago


  • The Chinese translation sounds nit right Yan Gao, so this is what I meant to say….in English – thank you for reading my poem and I have wondered how you are and missed you also!

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Yan Gao
    Yan Gaoalmost 5 years ago


  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 5 years ago

    wll done Karin lanp light does guide and keeps things safer !LIZ

  • thank you very much Liz…so true, so true :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

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