Night Anthem – A Poem by Katy Santiff


Submitted by Katy Santiff

Softly, follow me down the deerpath now,
down by the way the young does bounded. Come,
wearing the moon’s white kiss, undulating
fencelessness, laying your steps around rocks
we’ve weathered, back when we had fawn-spots on.
When your breath churns the out-stretched air, when your
eyes welcome the blue-bark draping darkness,
when you smell water in the wooded wind,
when you hear the night-things’ conversation
from all sides, when you feel the soft moss lost
beneath you—lay yourself down in the creek’s
low light, and sing me your anthem of night.

About the Poet

Katy Santiff has written poetry in various forms all her life. A fan of meter and rhyme, she loves lines that hypnotize the reader with their sound. She believes in densely-packed poems, preferring them to be mouthfuls when read aloud.  A lifelong Marylander, she loves water-side living.  She currently lives in Edgewater, Maryland with her wife.

Painting: Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis – Night

14 thoughts

  1. Kathy, Night Anthem immediately provokes a picture of nature at its calmest. Nice alliteration, adds to the mood. I enjoyed this very much and will definitely follow your works.

  2. This is so exceptional Katy. You have definitely hypnotized this reader with the images your words have created. I could hear, see, smell and feel everything going on and I was completely captivated. I look forward to seeing more of your talented poetry. More Brian, more! ☺

  3. Thank you, all. It’s so wonderful to hear that this poem’s intent and content is well-received. And thank you for the anniversary wishes–very much appreciated by us both. More poems coming soon,


  4. Katy, once again I have come back to read this poem. It is so, so beautiful. I’ve told my friends about what a wonderful poet you are, and I’ve sent them this poem to read. I just love it.

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