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Letters from the Darkness

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Letters from the Darkness

I hope you will forgive me
It’s hard to write this down
These letters from the darkness
Never meant to go to town.
I sit upon the chimney 
As the soot blows round my hat
I write upon a scroll of weeds
About the horrors I have found.
No demons or gargoyles
Can bring the truth home
You must look much deeper 
If you really want to be found
Way down below the soul
Is a place so dark and lonely 
Its breath is even foul
I know this place to well
For I have drank the wine
From the fountain of despair
You’ll find it in a bottle 
That you won’t want to share
Looking up you will see down
And dig you always must
For a miners goal is riches
But a fools is to pan for gold 
That lies upon the bottom
Of the river named Styx.  
You think you know the secret
But it’s all just a trick
Your soul will never forgive
The masters of the scrolls.
Letters from the darkness
No light shall ever see
Just leave me here alone
For I will never be free.

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  1. Date: 8/10/2013 6:43:00 PM
    Our feelings..memories..and regrets can really swallow us up sometimes. This is an amazing piece. It's my favorite of yours so far. Some letters are not meant to be sent, that's true--but they do reach the ears of those that wish to listen. I hope you have a wonderful week filled with inspiration and content. I'll be watching for some more awesome pieces. Always, Laura

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/10/2013 7:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Laura. Your words are too kind. My time is getting better. Thanks for the inspiration. I hope your week is also filled with hope and content. Always, Kilmer
  1. Date: 8/10/2013 11:23:00 AM
    A very eloquent write for the deeply dark subject of depression " For I have drank the wine From the fountain of despair You’ll find it in a bottle That you won’t want to share".. The haunting use of the River Styx is just so darn metaphorically deep and mystifying.. Every line sinks into the soul

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/10/2013 3:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Karen. I always appreciate your introspective analysis. You get it and that what makes it worth reading your comments so dear to me. As always I appreciate you and your work as well. Kilmer
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 2:38:00 PM
    I so feel this at times...amazing flow with this poem but the content says it all..we cant let it consume us so we have to fight to be free!!! and never let in to the torments never surrender!!! Blessings always kilmer..your a fighter!! Great attraction to have you rise from the ashes of dispair, ok so im getting a lil dramatic LOL but ha ha:)I feel it and 1 who feels it knows it...PEACE my friend cherie..

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 8/9/2013 4:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you my friend. It's hard to fight the depression and alcohol that fuels my life. But my new friends on "The Soup" are helping me get through. Poetry is my outlet that keeps me from despair. As always I appreciate your comments. PEACE be with you and your life. Kilmer