John F. McCullagh

(09/28/1954 / Flushing)

I wonder what you’re doing tonight


Orion, mighty hunter,
is casting down his light.
He is my lone companion
On this frosty winter‘s night.

Not long ago, not far away
He shone upon us two.
Back when we were still in love,
Before you said we’re through.

I wonder what you’re doing tonight.-
Tucking in the children, turning out the light?
Do you toss and turn the same way
I do every night?
I wonder what you’re doing tonight.

It’s possible we’re laughing,
both, at the same comedy.
It will have a happy ending-
unlike the tale of you and me.


It could be that we’re wishing,
both, on the self-same star.
Those wishes cannot be the same
For wishes seldom are.

I wish you were remembering me
but you wish to forget.
Both wishes go unheeded
in a lifetime of regret.

I wonder what you’re doing tonight?
Tucking in the children, turning out the light?
Do you toss and turn the same way
I do every night?
I wonder what you’re doing tonight.

Submitted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 24, 2013

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My attempt at a country western song lyric. title borrowed from a Boyce and hart Ballad circa 1968

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  • Susan Lacovara (10/15/2013 10:44:00 PM)

    Bittersweet and lovely...lonely and longing for what used to be...I very much enjoyed your poem and invite you to read my writings as well. I welcome your comments, as I am new to this forum. I will explore your poems further. PEACE (Report) Reply

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