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Memory to defend

Carefully placed
Thought before action
Action before regret
Regret before memory
Memory all that remains

Of pain etched on face
As strokes were made
Forehead creased
And wispy breaths
Through Grimaced 
Grinding teeth

Knuckles white
Clutching tight
Muscles all tensed
As reflection
In blue eyes 
turn to Crimson 
To red

How does it seem
So far away now
Only in still gush of water
Thoughts are found

Face buried deep beneath 
Murky depths
Only bubbles 
of feather weighted air
Evolve from tightly strung lips
That hide secrets of thoughts unmasked
Yet they fear

They fear the story 
The story they swore
They never would
Let slip past  again

Little girl
Clutching slippery knees
Trying to hide
What she dares not Admit 
has been committed
A deed so foul
Evidence emits
Making seen bet lost
With the devil with his demons
With regret

Water-matted hair 
Strings past 
Red raw eyes
From tears silently
Burning through
The absent gaze

Thoughts of demons
"What have you done now?"
Menace in the raspy voices
In which they speak
"I see again old skills
Have been perfected"
Her body shivers in fear
How did she let them 
Again so near
"Twitchy twitchy little girl
How did you manage to again unfold
We watched
We waited
Our time is come
Revenge on you oh little one"

Suddenly writhing
In apparent frustration
Of demons drawn near
She screams under her breath
Scared to be revealed
Scared of death

She stops
All becomes still
Is this the end
Have they collected their kill?

Calm before the storm
Or moment of silence
After it has passed

Muscles start to tighten
Head slowly lifts up
Hair slithers into
Framing of face

She faces directly forward
Eyes glistening
With what will scare

Truthful Anger
Demented trust
Disillusioned bloodlust
Of life a lost

Her eyes glisten
But where
Will the vengeance 
Finally start
To end
Where demons
left their mark
A painful red 
Memory to defend

Copyright © Fierce Malilangwe

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  1. Date: 6/5/2013 8:18:00 PM
    Hi Fierce, I like the new name. a very deep write. it is a painful thought when a memory needs protection. good gripping poem. SKAT