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Sunlight and Rain: The Prism of an Anarchist

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Sunlight and Rain: The Prism of an Anarchist

These are the confessions of an Anarchist,

when I

stepped away from the light,
entered the shadows
of forbidden caverns,
the caves, tunnels 
and catacombs of anarchy.

Here        a constant, cold caress
of moisture,
a persistent inner rain
pooling alongside lonely thoughts.

Nothing would grow that deep underground,
not even fungus, nor lichen.
I survived on sheer will and dampness,
lungs mutated into gills,
eyes became accustomed
to this ever-present night.

A Mission lost in translation and transmission,
a rogue satellite orbiting
through thin air's mind-bending space,
cut-off from other agents of Anarchy.
I slithered along corridors of broken souls,
fed on regurgitated thoughts
and drowned dreams of cities burning down,
melting like hot candle wax.
How I wanted the cities above to burn!
To burn down into the ground
in waves of rolling thunder and lightning.

Not able to differentiate between night and day,
weeks gave birth to months
in a C-section of fleeting years.

Somehow        I stumbled upon a side entrance,
felt warmth pushing in,
pushing down,
and my will shattered apart,
fusing back together into Plan B.


As I broke the surface,
light seared my tightly shut eyes,
breaching eyelids with ease.
The pain felt wonderful,
changing into a delirious exultation
and heated comfort,
thawing out frozen, stiff bones.

Rays of sunlight rippled across my skin,
evaporating the slimy, cavernous musk,
burning me on the outside,
cleansing me from the inside.
Eventually        I was able to keep my sore eyes open
while they felt ready to sizzle and explode from sensory overload,
globules floating through my vision.

The first thing I clearly saw  
was not close up        magnified,
but the distant horizon enveloped in a halo
of lemon haze, arching between two mountain peaks.
I wept,
skin buzzing from the sun's heat.

how sunlight changes the perspective of nightmares,
revealing reality's potential fibers,
balancing the darkness within,
bending the remaining droplets of lost hope
into a prismatic ribbon of brilliance and prayer,

        always evading the deep-rooted catacombs below,
a place I will choose to forego,
only entering within memories,
until even these are burned away by sunlight,
until even these are cleansed by sunlight.

2013 Double-Rainbow Remix
December 18th/19th, 2013
(originally written April 12, 2011)


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  1. Date: 1/3/2014 9:38:00 AM
    I just want to thank you for passing by my latest post, what a very nice surprise, and thanks for the laughs & added sorta guilt trip >.<...A lizard sanctuary, that's an idea! thanks for answering the question, it had me stumped.But why you ask why I asked that question? You should realize how asking ridiculous questions is my forte. I think you've had your fair share of my questions, right? Blessings as well to you and your loved ones! Keep smiling and being a light-hearted- umm, raven trickster?

  1. Date: 1/3/2014 9:19:00 AM
    I saw your latest post, and it was like reading it yesterday. I remember this gem, and I don't think I'll ever forget it. Honestly, it somehow saddened me to see there how it seemed like some don't remember it at all, or I can be wrong? It still gives you that impact upon reading it, takes you there, and I honestly love this one, then and now. So much to love in this, so clever and insightful. I had to go see what changes you made in your remix, but I think you updated this copy as well. For a second, I thought you had deleted this too. So I checked a copy that I had of the original one and I see the changes. Subtle, but I reckon they mean a lot to you. So remix on, keep writing and that's cool, you remix this and there was a double rainbow? I saw a double rainbow last month, and I was the only one excited when we saw it. Phooey. Oops if i got it wrong, and it's not about an actual rainbow. Cont'd

  1. Date: 2/14/2012 1:52:00 PM
    500 plus reads, I couldn't resist. Glad I read this DeeP piece that reminds me of one of my favorite words "Juxtaposed". A TooL word. I got you on my favorite poet list. It is a short list. Keep bringing the FunK, The Smile, The Pain, the Everything words can bring.

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 8:54:00 PM
    Good luck with this in the big contest. My kind of poetry.

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 4:31:00 PM
    A profound and very moving piece of fine art my friend. We do need that sunlight and I love your deep message and skilled verses. Your pensive pen is working marvels...Million thx for sharing And May God Bless!

  1. Date: 7/1/2011 10:43:00 AM
    Sent you canned soup ;)

  1. Date: 5/24/2011 8:08:00 AM
    hey there ^_^ -- see I am all smiles? sunny smiles (ok night time over here now, umm moony? starry? smiles instead ^_^) Thanks for your nice comments there & :p that was what I was feeling at the moment that day (if you notice I wrote that in about 5 mins & was written earlier this month)--not sure how to say it? but it is kind of cool that you were able to relate to it-- I guess we all have those days/moments? well continue being in a good mood, ok? be sparkly! ^_^

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    Date: 5/24/2011 8:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    btw not sure if you read my reply in mail? or you slept through it? snorezzz-- I was asking you whether it was raining there? do you need it to rain there? but you probably don't want it to rain, lol--you mentioned something that it was sunny there already...over here we got sunny days & rainy nights-- 0_o
  1. Date: 5/5/2011 7:41:00 PM
    Very expressive with superior imaging. Thank you for the read.

  1. Date: 4/19/2011 5:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Nikko Palmario's contest "Sunlight" Chris. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 3:49:00 PM
    Wow, This is goooooooooooood. Why you, two timing no good for nothing woman stealer,hehe so you the Chris that got me hot. If I were a woman that would be ok. Just kiiding friend I was just throwing me love around and I have a soft spot for her. Can I say that? may be it's not hehe. No It's you I love Chris hehe

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 11:34:00 AM
    Congratulations Chris on your big win in the contest.Enjoyed your beautiful poem---kashinath

  1. Date: 4/17/2011 10:06:00 PM
    Chris some of the most magnificient images in this write. Heartiest congrats for this win.

  1. Date: 4/17/2011 5:43:00 AM
    yikes cool "c-section of fleeting years" great line & "globules floating through my vision" OH "prismatic ribbon of brilliance" [me anarchist too, laws make criminals ;), good people are good, bad are bad?/change is possible but NOT through law] Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/17/2011 2:33:00 AM
    Hey there Chris!! Am I allowed to say I told you so? Lol Congratulations on your awesome win, see I knew this one would do it!! ;) enjoy your day Mr. Dash :D

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 11:28:00 PM
    whhhoa, clapping for you chris.. abstract poetry reigns as no.1! .. a round of congrats to you! yeahhhhhh! ,,:) hugggs

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 6:33:00 PM
    Congratulations on you well deserved first place win with this wonderful write. Caryl

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 2:52:00 PM
    what did I tell you, chris. I knew this would win top spot!

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 2:51:00 PM
    Congrats on winning!

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 2:10:00 PM
    Congratulations on the first place win in the contest, Chris

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 1:00:00 PM
    Many congrats on getting the number one spot : )