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And in mortal men

we often find, in the end,

we are our own mortality.

In that we drive the spitfire beast of ambition into the sun

to dance among stars

with the reins in our hands like firey wings

and control lying limp beneath our legs.

In search for the supremacy, of justice and truth,

through mastery of sheilds and inflections

imposed by the perceptions and delusions of a conceived reality,

and the illusions they inspire.

Tantalizing, they breed the bitter coils of regret with the face of such obscenities as lust and pain,

and watch their offspring bloom as the evening primrose and deadly nightshade quick

like a promise. 

That time then leaves no room for fathers

or Fathers, nor are their hearts swollen enough for mothers to wrap

their leathery wings around their throats

and kiss them with familiarity cold on her lips.

Just lessons, drunken in through needles and swords and words tipped with poison on the breath,

seep through the heavy condensation of nonsensical speak and falsified craze.

And in this game of thrones,

death is the jester

and all hail the King.

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  1. Date: 1/6/2012 9:48:00 PM
    I enjoyed the echoed language of Hamlet in your word choices ... like Hamlet, but your own. It seems you might have gotten some Greek mythology mixed in here, though. There are some excellent and disturbing images, but it gave me the feeling of an overpacked suitcase. I would suggest making two poems of this one, to better focus the ideas contained.