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The Dark Side of a Coin

I roll along a dark ledge
Teetering between yesterday and oblivion
Contemplating one final sin
My ultimate act of inner hate
Do I have a choice or is it fate?
A half second away from nowhere
Feeling cool air blowing through my hair
Wishing it could blow away my despair
Lungs sucking in blackened air
Imagining blood splattered 
on dappled concrete
As bones and surface meet

I flip gleefully 
Imagining my relief
Heart pounding in chest
Beneath the letter held close to my breast
Within it all my sins confessed
Carefully laid out goodbyes
Written in rhymes
Thanking loved ones for the good times
Trying to explain
The coagulation in my brain
Thoughts that overrun me like a morbid freight train
Sunshine that never penetrates my rain

One pennied foot in front of the other
I roll out on the air
Wondering if anyone will care
My mind hyper aware
A feeling that someone is there
In that instant I change my mind
Rotate and look behind
There the Devil stands 
I see his hateful smile
He's been whispering all the while
In his hand he holds a file
Labeled "Souls I've Taken!"
I'm both stirred and shaken
I feel my mind breaking
as I'm awaken
Mom says "get out of bed"
My eyes wide open
Thankfully not dead
Remembering what the Devil's file said
Sun shining brightly
Through my window and pain
I'm alive and sane
Not a concrete stain
I thank God I'm here
Feeling thankful
Once again!

For Shadow's contest, I chose the dark theme.
Do not worry, I am not in a bad place.
In my youth I contemplated dark thoughts,
thankfully  I never acted on them.

Written March 5th, 2015.


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  1. Date: 3/6/2015 12:34:00 AM

    Am also guilty as charged of past dark thoughts. I enjoyed the write. I wish you the best in the contest
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 10:36:00 PM

    I felt the air sweeping past me as we fell and what a relief to be awaken . . . may we always hear that voice when darkness surrounds us! Well done Richard . . . you took us on a deadly trip and helped us see the nasty face of evil and hear the sweet voice of love. 7 Inspiring and empowering.
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 6:37:00 PM

    Riveting, as all your writes are, Richard. Intense emotions jump from the page and grips the reader. Outstanding piece. :D Kim
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 3:12:00 PM

    such a powerful write Richard such intense sad imagery - my heart goes out to anyone with these dark thoughts and sadly it can end in tragedy - thankfully your poem has a more positive ending. excellent entry for the contest:-) Good luck:-) hugs Jan xx 7 xx
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 3:06:00 PM

    God had a hold of you, even in dark times. This is really powerful. You include "inner hate" ... and then the devil .. there is no better personification of hate. Very dark poem, ending with light.. giving hope to all who have experienced this.
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 3:03:00 PM

    Many of us during youth got to that dark place, but as you said, thankful when we risse above it, and survive the dark penny days, you are showing your excellency in this verse, much enjoyed your creative force dear Richard, have a great day, and thank you xxx
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 12:10:00 PM

    wow this is intense emotions, I understand them for once upon a time dark thoughts entered my mind, thankful for incomplete acts. Best of luck in the contest sweetie, hugs.xx
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 11:53:00 AM

    A sad story filled with hurt and deep human feelings. The author skillfully brought the reader into the story and we felt like we were there, entertaining deep thoughts spurred by the author's words. The rhythm worked well here, giving each line an emphases and strengthening the effect it had on the reader. Emile #7++++
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 9:58:00 AM

    So did I, Richard. Those dark thoughts revisit me at times. Powerful write.