Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Heart of Darkness

Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Heart of Darkness

HEART OF DARKNESS from James Goertel’s bi-weekly poetry feature, Under The Same Moon, listens closely to the rhythm of life – from first breath to last beat.

Friday Poetry with James Goertel Heart of Darkness

Friday Poetry with James Goertel Heart of Darkness. Ilustration: The Creation of Light, by Gustave Doré. Photo credit: wikipedia


Pushed back into the earth;
Muffled strains, suffocated
Crescendos still, but barely, audible;
Calando, affanatto through
The hollow, rotten willow; mute
Witness in a childhood backyard.

Reaching through roots, darkness,
Veins its way to a weathered heart
Hardly humming, trembling in treble;
Morning, noon, and, now, night;
Burying a chorus of years
In a lament, grave and unforgiving.

JAMES GOERTELJames Goertel. Under The Same Moon


View Comments (4)
  • claudia saint- pierre

    …HEART OF DARKNESS …. so deep in its poetic beauty ….

  • Isadora

    Another perfect moment… My life is better reading James Goertel. Thanks

    • Thanks to you, Isadora. Yes, life is better with James Goertel’s poetry.

  • Thank you, thank you – to Isadora, Claudia and Yareah Magazine!


Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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