Night Whispers by Michelle H. Barnes

The poem I am going to share with you today was written by Michelle H. Barnes, a member of my local SCBWI group in Gainesville. The poem is a tribute to our friend, Jan Gars, the poet veterinarian, who passed away recently.

Michelle often posted Jan’s poems on her blog and she understands his psyche and his style. Jan’s poems were often hilarious, sometimes deeply touching, and not always written for children. He could have us laughing uncontrollably or stunned into silence. It is with sorrow that I say, “Goodbye,” to Jan.

The poem, “Night Whispers,” is written in (almost perfect) Pantoum Form.  The pantoum is a form of poetry that uses repetition of lines to enforce its message and produce a powerful effect.


Michelle H. Barnes

Whispers from the shadowed night

Lonely winds of time and space

One more poem yet to write

Trapped in gravity’s embrace

Lonely winds of time and space

Glowing embers, pulsing light

Trapped in gravity’s embrace

Before the blackness turns to white

Glowing embers, pulsing light

Like eyes behind a clouded face

Before the blackness turns to white

Before you find your resting place

Like eyes behind a clouded face

There’s one more poem yet to write

Before you find your resting place

And whisper from the shadowed night.


Visit Michelle’s blog, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes:

On the blog you will learn more about the pantoum and why Michelle chose this form in which to write her poem. And this will lead you to another writer’s blog—another you will be glad you found.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 17:27:24

    Thank you for sharing my poem, Barbara. Jan will surely be missed.


  2. barbarabockman
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 18:24:19

    Oh, yes. And the poem is beautiful.


  3. Tina Cho
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 00:15:29

    Beautiful poem and timely as one of my friends from long ago passed away today.


  4. barbarabockman
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 14:48:12

    I’m sorry for your loss, Tina. Glad Michelle’s poem could bring you some comfort.


  5. Brianna Zamborsky
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 15:55:07

    Lovely, Barbara, thank you for sharing. And sorry for your loss. I’ve never heard of that form before. It’s perfect for the subject matter in this. Thanks again.


  6. barbarabockman
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 18:01:28

    Thank you very much, Brianna. And a special thanks for dropping by. See you at P&B.


  7. Nancy Stewart
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 14:02:45

    This is impressive, Barbara. Very beautiful. So sorry for you and your loss.


  8. barbarabockman
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 14:16:05

    Thank you, Nancy.


  9. Connie Arnold
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 17:05:32

    Well done and beautiful! My sympathy on the loss of your friend


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