Night Crawler (The Maiden Voyage of a Modern Pilgrim) by Rich Ladig
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Night Crawler (The Maiden Voyage of a Modern Pilgrim)
by Rich Ladig
Oil on canvas board
5″ × 7″ (13 × 18cm)
2012

Things ghoulish
Even foolish
Becomes the night, fair warning

Downtown
A first night out
To forget about
That place I think
We call ‘home’
Me and friend
Off we went
Seeking how the nights were spent
Dirty brick
Concrete and stone
The night was ours
And ours to roam

Warnings be of night crawlers
Hooligans of the night
The drunken and the crazies
A mad dog might take its bite
But none of this
So far was true
We almost felt
The night was through

Suddenly then
From shadow to light
A lady appears
Of the night
She greeted us
All dressed in red
“PLEASE, PLEASE DON”T BE LIKE ME"
She smiled and said

We went to where
The alleys ran
Sitting there a homeless man
Poor hand held out
Put in it money
He smiled and said
“God bless you honey”
…and one more thing
…and you must agree
" PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T BE LIKE ME"

Night air gets chilly
Next stop was soup
Next thing you know
We become part of a group
An outside cafe
By a window lit river
Waiting for soup
Was making us shiver

The entire place
Loud getting louder
The more we hoop
The more we holler
For miles and miles
We must be heard
Lady in red
Flips a guy the bird
Night crawlers, night crawlers
Night rolls along
Getting a sense
This is where we belong

Now back home
Tucked into bed
Mom checks in
And here’s what she said:
“Things could get ghoulish
Things could get foolish
Night Crawlers
Being out in the Night”

“That’s really nice
But I’m full of advise
For now, don’t need any more
But mom what the heck
I’ll take a rain check
NOW PLEASE, PLEASE CLOSE THE DOOR”

by Rich Ladig

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  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 2 years ago

    luv her :)

  • Such a lovely compliment Karin. Thanks so much for sharing the luv :))

    – Rich Ladig

  • balloon9
    balloon9about 2 years ago

    Hey Rich, always happy to your new posts!
    Love the picture and the words! :)

  • Hey Rob! Good to hear from you. I’ve never been let down by your postings good man.
    many many thanks :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • Your so kind Cindy! :)) It must be nice ;)

    – Rich Ladig

  • Donna Ingham
    Donna Inghamabout 2 years ago

    Very ghoulish not so foolish! Great work Rich! :-)

  • Ohh…no…
    your one of those!
    Very cool too ;)…thank you Donna :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • lillo
    lilloabout 2 years ago

    Great as always! and great narrative poem.

  • Lillo…good to see you good man!
    Mucho appreciated…as always (of course ;)

    – Rich Ladig

  • banrai
    banraiabout 2 years ago

    always enjoy viewing your fine soft, delicate touch Rich, sublime words too

  • Thank you so much for the great compliment Terry
    …much magic in the delicate brush…as you know well :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • Marianna Tankelevich
    Marianna Tanke...about 2 years ago

    beautiful, Rich!

  • Your so kind to stop by and say … Marianna! Thanks! :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerabout 2 years ago

    beautifully done

  • …and your work ghoulishly beautiful too…many thanks Cathy :)

    – Rich Ladig

  • Ulrikeart
    Ulrikeartabout 2 years ago

    She is lovely !!!

  • Thank you much Ulli…thank you for your lovely visit

    – Rich Ladig

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    great work

  • Nice of you to send the happy thought

    – Rich Ladig

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