Drifting by my window

on a cold dark winters eve,

no sound, nor chasing echo,

no path to follow or deceive.


A silent spectre; a mask of scorn,

a hazy memory, from life ’twas torn.

Jealously wanting what now it resents,

a rage no mortal can perceive or prevent.


The pulsing obsession of detached desire,

feeding the flames and stoking the fires

as it tries to cross the bridge to our plane,

resolute, relentless; a moth to a flame.


Pushing at the fabric with all of its will,

dull red eyes ignoring the light, until

with a cry of despair it relents and fades,

slowly drifting between intangible shades.



Written by Darren Scanlon, October 2009

This revised version written, 10th April 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

Darren Scanlon
Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in Lancashire in the English Northwest.

A typical 'northern lad', his ‘tell it like it is’, sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style have earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon.

His poetry, which he has been writing since the age of 16, is published on many websites including Write Here and High On Poems where he has recieved great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you in our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

Hey Up, Matron! His debut novel which is a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients and based on his own real-life experiences.

Broken Angel and Broken Wings. The first two books into his gritty crime/gangster thriller Danny Roberts Series.

Positively Poetic Vol’s 1, 2, 3 & 4. Four volumes into his on-going poetry collections.

A Mouse’s Tale. An illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems of the same name).

Alphabet Zoo. An illustrated children’s educational ABC book.

He is currently working on his latest novel, book 3 of Danny Roberts thriller series.

Future projects include, Way Back When, which is a comical look at childhood and how things have change, (not necessarily for the better), between the ‘now’ and back in the 1970’s when he was a lad.

Also an illustrated children’s poetry collection and another illustrated ABC book.

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