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…you knew No one should know the things I know, nor bear the scars of such knowledge, nor should they be forced by circumstance to discard all of memory’s treasures. The Llama will spit when the burden’s too great but the child, he will bury it deep carry it with him wherever he goes condition himself not to weep. The Lion will roar when wounded and weak lash out at the wind and the rain the child will yell from his spot deep in hell and be told he must learn to forgive. The rats will sneak in – the rats will sneak out and feast on the lies they deny the child in plain sight will cry through the night and be ushered away at sunrise. There are cracks in the walls as the empire falls yet the liars still raise a gold chalice hide in the cloud of incense they spread to obscure their despicable malice. So if a child yells, tells you of cold hells of memories tortured and chained look into his eyes and search for his soul and weep, for he knows that you knew. ©2/14/2018

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Date: 3/19/2018 2:35:00 PM
Excellent write, John! Congratulations on your podium win! Sandra
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Date: 3/18/2018 2:19:00 AM
This is a wonderful write, John, on a very tough subject ... all were winners in my opinion, and such subjects need a loud voice - I pray we can add to that, and bring about some change, even in some small way. You have Dale's vote for first, and his is an opinion I admire and take seriously. Congrats and wonderful work, my friend.
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Date: 3/16/2018 2:40:00 PM
This is very powerful. I would probably have put this in first. One question I have is that "despicable malice" seems oddly redundant. Is it just me or would another modifier fit better with 'malice'? Congrats on your much deserved win.
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Date: 3/16/2018 1:46:00 PM
A very powerful write, strong imagination, unique flow of emotions, John ! Congratulations on your win.. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 3/16/2018 12:46:00 PM
Wow, what a powerful message. A most deserving win. "YOU KNEW". A FAVE for me, John. An amazing write.
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Date: 3/16/2018 12:24:00 PM
I have a huge lump in my throat reading your poem John, that second stanza hits home so hard, they carry the impact of the abuse for the rest of their lives:-(. many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 2/18/2018 10:18:00 AM
A strongly emotive write here John, the eyes the set of the shoulders the downcast head, the ambivalent air.' And that stubbornness that comes, 'though unwanted' I see all this in the periphery of your words.!
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Date: 2/15/2018 1:04:00 PM
Wow John!! This is just deeply emotional ... tragic and sad. A really moving write! Best, Judy
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Date: 2/15/2018 11:47:00 AM
Oh wow. Potent penning John, it cuts to the quick. xomo
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