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Lost between the borders of heaven and hell, confusion led to this story, one must tell. Surrounded by a world full of violence, I closed my eyes and took a vow of silence. Wondering if this life was even real, weird chills and shivers, one began to feel. Suddenly a figure appeared in a shroud, in darkness, his words echoed ever so loud. “If you dare, come closer and take a chance, won’t you give me the pleasure of one dance? Do not fear for I am not violent, why are you the one who is silent?” “Why should one become your willing dancer, so that you can fill my mind with cancer? You are nothing but a ferocious beast, go now, upon my soul you shall not feast.” “I know all about your forgotten schemes, I’m the one who can bring you your dreams.” Thou shall not sin, come leave this humdrum city, let me show you a life, ever so pretty. Can’t you see we are all the same breed, they will all follow if you plant my seed.” Louder and louder his words would repeat, effecting the rhythm of my heart beat. This was no simple case of confusion, for this image was causing much delusion. Then again, life can become an illusion, when one chooses, a life full of seclusion. “I must decline this dance you want so badly, for you this poem will end, rather sadly. For, I seek a path of peaceful harmony, my soul cannot sing with you in symphony. Nothing here for you, so be on your way, this time your words shall not lead me astray.” Scorned he left with a sly grin on his face, vowing to return again to this place. Inside, something that day seemed to have died. Resisting temptation filled me with pride. For him this was just a sinister game, but, I could never live a life of shame. After all I was my mother’s son, strong – after all had been said and done.
The Silent One Originally posted on 1 May 2017, re posted 19 January 2019.

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Date: 2/4/2019 12:29:00 PM
This is an amazing poem Silent one - your imagination soars! So well penned and so real - he always trys to tempt - we just send him back to hell! Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
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Date: 2/1/2019 9:19:00 AM
Nice! Well thought out and it created vivid imagery in my mind. Terrific conclusion! Congratulations! :)
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Date: 1/29/2019 8:32:00 PM
Wow! Shades of Washington Irving's, "the Devil and Tom Walker," as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown." Superior poesy here, well deserving of POTW. So well-crafted, Silent!! Best wishes, Gershon
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Date: 1/29/2019 1:41:00 PM
Silent congratulations on having your wonderful poem selected as POTW, enjoy the honor.
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Date: 1/27/2019 8:25:00 PM
Hi Silent, dropping back with my congratulations on your much-deserved Poem Of the Week with this exceptional write. Have a wonderful week ahead. Your friend always....Mike.
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Date: 1/27/2019 8:13:00 PM
Congratulations Silent One on POTW!
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Date: 1/27/2019 1:37:00 PM
Congratulations Silent One, on Poem of the week. ~ Brandy
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Date: 1/27/2019 12:04:00 PM
Silent, wow and wow, what a fantastic poem, a fav for me and that music was so beautiful, those singers were truly divine and sublime ~
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Date: 1/27/2019 9:51:00 AM
The depth of your writing is so very enjoyable. Congratulations! Two for two!
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Date: 1/27/2019 9:34:00 AM
Awesome, silent one! Love it. Glad it is featured.
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Date: 1/26/2019 5:28:00 AM
Your poetry always puts me in awe my friend, my tiny dictionary in my mind does not allow me to express into words about this poem so that being said: This is AWESOME!
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Date: 1/21/2019 8:54:00 PM
A very deep poem Silent One! I am glad you had a wise Mother to guide you! Have blessed evening my friend.
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Date: 1/21/2019 7:28:00 PM
This is deep and powerful. It is very easy to follow and allow the wicked to lead, yet one can flee such a moment- like dancing with the devil. Well said Silent One. ~ Brandy
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Date: 1/21/2019 6:48:00 PM
After all that was said and done...you wrote another brilliant poem, SO! Evil surrounds us all, so much in this world. Good thing there is a god.
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Date: 1/21/2019 10:10:00 AM
Powerfully done, and it is good to show that evil still exists as a force in the world.
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Date: 1/20/2019 11:49:00 AM
We need to block out that evil voice, and going within is one way to triumph. Excellent Silent! : ) xxoo
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Date: 1/20/2019 11:44:00 AM
Well, well, this is real... a refreshing write, with living personalities expressed in ink...I think it's wonderful...
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Date: 1/19/2019 7:25:00 PM
I really like the ending you gave this one! your mother's son. That says a lot about the kind of wonderful mother you had, Silent One.
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Silent One
Date: 1/20/2019 7:58:00 AM
Thank you.. Mother's always know best..
Date: 1/19/2019 7:04:00 PM
Your poetry is always so meaningful and touching. Wish every mother's son would read it.
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Silent One
Date: 1/20/2019 7:58:00 AM
I agree.. Thank you..
Date: 1/19/2019 3:23:00 PM
- This expression appeared in my thoughts : "Å stirre døden i hvitøyet" ...it fits perfectly in Norwegian ... but, not so good in English :))) - An awesome write, my friend - Enjoy a Happy Weekend :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Silent One
Date: 1/20/2019 8:00:00 AM
I wonder about that expression now... Thank you Anne-Lise..
Date: 1/19/2019 1:51:00 PM
now that is truly an awakening, a choice to dance with the light, S.O... what a compelling work which deserves to be read again... beautiful!...huggs
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Silent One
Date: 1/20/2019 8:04:00 AM
I would never recommend dancing with the devil or his demons... Thanks Nette..
Date: 1/19/2019 12:24:00 PM
She went straight to my FAV list, Silent One. No words could do her justice, as she has done justice to herself, my friend. Many blessings for your thoughtfulness and the love you always show in your poems.
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Silent One
Date: 1/20/2019 8:05:00 AM
Yes, ignore the voices... Thanks Caren, glad you liked it..
Date: 1/19/2019 12:05:00 PM
I cheered as you withdrew from the dance with devil. A awesome write with a great story line. love phyl
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Silent One
Date: 1/20/2019 8:05:00 AM
Thank you.. He has no power over me..
Date: 1/19/2019 11:33:00 AM
Integrity, Beauty, inner harmony, deep understanding of inner self, self worth.. all in Silent One defeating the voice of evil, rejecting a dance with the demon! An amazing poem, substance and form! A powerful diction, expressive and impressive! A great and noble message! Values of the highest quality.. Solid pillars of Humanity Beauty and elevation.. I highly venerate and appreciate your masterpiece, Silent One! A FAV. and a Beauty to be honoured by fellow poets and friends.. Best regards.
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Silent One
Date: 1/20/2019 8:10:00 AM
Thank you Besma.. I am not worthy of such praise..
Date: 1/19/2019 10:14:00 AM
Although I often think the "devil" exists only as a scapegoat to avoid taking responsibility for our actions, I was taken in by this poem, Silent One, and was cheering for you as you declined to dance! I'm always thrilled when good overcomes evil. Great poem!
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Silent One
Date: 1/20/2019 8:11:00 AM
Thank you Carolyn, I guess the devil is the bad voice in a person head..
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