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blood on my hands
blood on my hands
it is i who has put this 
blood on my hands

though i have taken no force
to another soul
i have put blood on my hands 
and blood on my own soul

i wrench in fear
i wrench in strife
why, oh, why
did i take someone's life?

someone so close,
someone so dear
oh what i'd give now
to hold that person near

i was so scared,
so mortified
more of embarrassment 
from people far and wide

how could i?
let it stand in the way?
i put this blood on my hands 
what will i pay?

I'll live in hell
an eternity long
guilty, weak,
and never strong

i will wretch every night
of insane pain
with blood on my hands 
becoming a stain

and with no savior 
or belief in a lord 
to whom will i pray?
some knight with a sword?

"oh dear knight, 
save me please,
risk your life, 
and do not cease

put blood on your hands 
thicker than mine
please, knight,
shine, sir, shine!"

and the knight will run
ravenous through hell
my guilt will ease,
i will feel well.

but only for minutes 
will this pain go away
because no matter how i try,
the stains will always stay.

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  1. Date: 8/23/2015 12:20:00 AM
    Marley, Congratulations on having your poem featured on the homepage. **SKAT**

  1. Date: 8/22/2015 4:55:00 PM
    MARLEY.. Your fabulous write is featured this week on the Soup homepage.. Huge congrats and the tip of my hat! -LYRIC

  1. Date: 8/22/2015 4:45:00 PM
    Oh Marley, this is a tear-jerker for sure. You left it to our imagination where that blood on your hands came from. I am pretty sure I know. All my life I have been of the opinion that abortion is a woman's choice. Over the years, and because of the years in me I pretty much still feel that way, however . . . I have also come to the realization that that act done because of fear of having a baby when you, yourself are not long from being a baby, I back away from some of my belief.

  1. Date: 8/20/2015 12:28:00 PM
    Blood on my hands can mean so many different things. Your image of a knight coming to save you so someone can make us feel better about ourselves but alas that lasts a short time. I like the image of talking from a heart that expresses its pain on paper and we feel it.

  1. Date: 12/3/2010 12:06:00 PM
    @Robb- yes, written during a very dark time over a very dark subject. this was written 10 years ago and the stains STILL remain.

  1. Date: 12/2/2010 10:30:00 AM
    very dark write

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 6:42:00 PM
    so creative Marley... Can't wait for more...Lay

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 3:04:00 PM
    Thank you guys very much. This is a much warmer welcome than I got on the first site I began posting on. I can't wait to get into the groove here, I think I've found my new poetry haven! :)

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 12:22:00 PM
    Welcome to Poetry Soup.. enjoyed reading your very creative write tonight.. hope your time on the Soup will be fun and filled with sharing too.. check out the contests ... good luck with luv..

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 11:26:00 AM
    We are having our first laying snowfall this morning in Springfield,Ohio. December 1,2010 what a way to enter this month. It is absolutely beautiful and finds me in good spirits. I have enjoyed reading your poetry this morning Marley. Looking forward to reading more. Have a wonderful day. Love, Carol