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Dark Tapestry Of LIfe

In the dark tapestry of life I lose my dignity 
as they stick needles and probes inside my body 
draining the fluids that threaten to drown me 
drip drip goes the feed, and there my request falls 
on deaf ears;  
1st and last wish unmet.
They light a bonfire to the pearly gates of my mind  
Heating the pearls and the agate, I might add,  
his rules and his mish mash, my gray matter is a mess  

Such sad days to endure before the final destination 
where are they taking me, with their tainted brushes?
Sadly they overlay the paint on a finished mural 
and it grays with every plastered stroke,  
and such is my life, and unending muck! 

She comes in with a bright artificial smile and I am 
too wooded for a talk, so I close my eyes pretend 
that I'm an eagle flying free;
I'm a little mote of in-consequential jerk 
my left knee 

In a darkly place I go on purpose,  to find my Zen 
and the rain keeps patterning my windowed eye
the one with the wide steel bars and the empty 
I'm in pain 
I'm in pain 
I roll and rub myself back to the ground 
killing every living cell as the rain pelts down 

Bleep bleep goes the dam machine 
Flat as a pancake the one I made in 1959 
I see the gates open and I am blinded by light 
I think we have a sign,  

The year is 2099 
Come in, says the little child in me  
and by the way, 
"Here, take back your dignity" 
It is of no consequence to me,  
Your mural is finally complete. ...

for contest: dark and lonely places 


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  1. Date: 8/28/2015 1:35:00 PM

    deeply moving and dark yet the zen light gives this piece a redeeming tone.. how sublime, vie.. huggs
  1. Date: 8/28/2015 11:45:00 AM

    Dark and deep write, Vie. Brilliant way you focused on a dying person's thoughts, the feelings and disregarded wishes, the pain caused by unwanted IV fluids dripping into his body, the loss of dignity . Awesome write. All the best in the contest. hugs!
  1. Date: 8/28/2015 7:10:00 AM

    Oooh now that is dark... I thought the image was of a broken window first :) Good luck with the contest :)