Acquainted with the Light

Robert Frost penned this poem in 1927. His thoughts and words, succinct in telling of this time in his life, a time we all share- now and again.

Acquainted with the Night
by Robert Frost

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.

I have out walked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

It is one of my favorite poems, not only because it opens that heavy door into my heart, but that it reminds me while I have savored the protection of the night, I have come out and rejoiced in the light of the new day.

The poem not only speaks of one’s solitary plight, but tells of the many nights we face today, each of us contributing in some way toward the light and a better way.

I ponder my acquaintance …

I seek to make each step now and forward …

To be right and bright so that we all may be …

Acquainted with the Light.


One comment on “Acquainted with the Light”
  1. Lovely. Wonderfully said.

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