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Torture on the Parchment.

Oh, empty quill
On brittle parchment
Why with such zeal
Do you deride me?
Such power to prevent
A single word 
From being scratched out
Repudiating inspiration
For the moment
Forbidding me
To imbibe of breath

Tell me of that
With which I have sinned
That warrants this pain
This censure…
Necessitates from accusation
This allegation
Which I must answer
Before judgment
Surges forth
Washing over me

If I bloody those pages
Dirty your eyes
Holding my verse 
Contemptible
I shall answer you
Without vanity’s mask
To abstain from
Penning my verse 
Upon your note paper

My compositions
Will be now penned
In the blood of autumn frost
On the windblown foliage
Contented throughout
That no evil can be read
On wind scattered verses
Of me…

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  1. Date: 6/7/2012 8:08:00 AM
    When I click on one of your poems I know it will be exceptional Charles. Thank you for sharing your words with us. I hope all is well with you and yours. I will stop back again soon. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/12/2008 5:31:00 AM
    In your case, abstinence would not be a virtue. Write!!!!! Excellent as usual. Vince

  1. Date: 7/8/2008 4:02:00 AM
    Well, that was absolutly brilliant! The last 2 verses are very powerful, visually and literally, I have felt that way many a time. You are quite a talent, and I love reading your work. Love Kristin

  1. Date: 7/7/2008 10:31:00 PM
    Charles, this was from a writers standpoint so intense and yet as a being so elegant and profound. I've not been reading lately. appologies, Lucinda

  1. Date: 7/7/2008 8:26:00 PM
    Yes, the empty page can be trouble! Keep up with the verses on the "windblown foliage". Keep it up!