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Below is the poem entitled THE CLAW which was written by poet Elliott Bowe THe DrUnKeN POeT. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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 I swim in the murky waters, diving deep, nails claw mud. Lowly, I may be bowing, but I am not drowning. No, I am not beat, the struggle is not defeat. My toes dig into the earth, to feel the tangible for what it?s worth. Eyes search to find light, struggling not losing the fight. Head lifted, I seek the sky. Let this stifled soul fly. The gray clouds follow me, blinding me, I cannot see. Living with the acrid smell of my own stale air. Life may be a gift, but it?s not always fair. Looking to God, I break through the bolted door, caught between Heaven and Hell, feet planted firmly on the floor. When did I forget to live, to feel the sun upon my face? When did I decide to hide from the human race? Strokes of times clenched in fear. I wonder if the end is near. Renew my faith, Lord. I know I am not beat! The struggle is never defeat. I swim upon the murky waters, I fight the bondage of chains, I struggle with a net that was set by the unknown. I beseech heavenly Father on divine throne, Will my words of despair reach his invisible ear? Till I am set free this pain I must bare, The Holy Scripture says have no fear, but that becomes difficult when the many monstrosities appear. It also said to gear thy self with prayer which can move mountains and withdrawal the darkest cloud, but still the gray clouds follow me a darkness swallows me, it seems to devour me. The Lord is my shield and buckler so nothing can overpower me. I will not run cowardly. If the gray clouds still follow me, I'll deploy my umbrella rain boots and a poncho it can continue to rain as long as the Lord keeps me dry... 

Collaboration by:Elliott Bowe ThE DrUnKeN PoEt & Rhonda Johnson-Saunders

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  1. Date: 7/16/2012 3:42:00 AM
    Nice collaboration,,, , stopping by to say good night~PD

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 4:37:00 AM
    I like this,,, very smooth,,, I like it when I can feel myself in the poem ;}

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 8:24:00 PM
    Excellent collaboration!! Im with Andrea's dilema! Who wrote which part? Or both at the same time were adding lines? Anyways...great work! Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 8:40:00 PM
    wow, you two are so in synche, I can't see where one ends and the other begins, or who did what!! Awesome how you both adhered to this style of writing. keep it up , you two!!

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 7:25:00 PM
    Hooray! My first collaboration. It was so much fun to try. Thanks Elliott for being my first...LOL. Love and Blessings to all, Rhonda

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 7:19:00 PM
    A powerful write congrats to you both for a job well done, passionate and deep, luv vie

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 6:40:00 PM
    Wow a collabo destined for greatness

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 6:32:00 PM
    amazing duet of talent to create a vivid portrait of Life and struggle.. luv the title Elliott and Rhonda has added her own flare to this write.. the search through the murky essence to find purpose is evident luv.. truly a wonderful emotive piece.. way to go both of u..