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PMPoem TitlePoetFormFormCategories  
Premium Member Poem Soul Ink Chantelle Anne Cooke Alliteration Alliteration rankled, addiction, corruption, moon, recovery
Pshaw Rhona McFerran Free verse Free verse rankled, emotions, feelings, grandmother, humor,
Failure Fuel, Part II David Welch Narrative Narrative rankled, desire, dream, life, music,
Here here please define quantum mechanics for second dummy matthew harris Elegiac Lyric Elegiac Lyric rankled, 10th grade, 11th grade,
Prospector roseann geiger Free verse Free verse rankled, abuse, imagery,
In The Ink of Tears colin mitchell williams Free verse Free verse rankled, forgiveness, sorrow,
Nostril damn mess matthew harris Light Verse Light Verse rankled, angst, anxiety, conflict, creation,
Light On the Devil's Chord - Day 7 Laura Breidenthal Free verse Free verse rankled, abuse, adventure, allusion, anger,
Love's Rose Faye Gibson Narrative Narrative rankled, fantasy, love,
INIQUITY Kim van Breda Rhyme Rhyme rankled, forgiveness,
We aborted the Lamb and Cursed it to Hell Gerald Nforche Blank verse Blank verse rankled, death, funeral, hope, life,
Blessing Star Ndaba Sibanda Rhyme Rhyme rankled, dedication, love, song-uplifting,
Premium Member Poem PRETTY KITTY daver austin Tanka Tanka rankled, animals, , cute,
A sailing I Didn't Go Mandy Tams The Golden Girl Narrative Narrative rankled, recovery from..., me, old,
Life and Death in the Ladies League Val Moffatt Couplet Couplet rankled, funnywoman,
The Photograph Helen J Radford Free verse Free verse rankled, lost love, emotions,
Play in Water Shishir Gupta Free verse Free verse rankled, inspirational, life, philosophy,
Invaluable Diamonds Shishir Gupta Free verse Free verse rankled, inspirational, life, philosophy,

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Light On the Devil's Chord - Day 7

I…breathe again…
Meditating on flowers of my pasture, plucked with my eyes,
Resting…open, like buds blooming, and resting…

“Take me…” he said weakly, so softly in my ear…

I greeted the demon with the warmth in my eyes, 
Upon opening them to its crippled form before me,
It was shivering, shackled, face caved in, razor teeth broken
All night I had heard his screaming, his pains, and his revitalizing hurt

As the Devil crouched near, 
His hands clenched in the blood of his minion...
He turned his head grimacing, 
Shrewdly interested in the exchange

The sad, sniveling creature touched my hand and squeezed it,
His breathing more hoarse and heavy
Bloodied tears and muck falling upon me liberally

“Do not be afraid of the light, 
As your brothers hide cries shuffling in their fight,
The touch of deliverance is often strewn with thorns,
And to the onlookers, the dominants, scorned…

Rest your weary head upon my shoulders,
For there I shall sooth your devastating tremors,
Your rough skin upon the softness of sympathy,
Your eyes burning in the pains of my empathy…

Rest on this day from the indulgences you have absorbed,
From the faces of the damned, the bruised, the abhorred,
His antagonism over your life has weakened your will,
Bleeding hearts still beat, as his stubborn mind goes still…

The Sabbath day shines against the garish evil,
To reveal the good that remains in the slaves of suffering…”

Our Prince spat the ground in fury, 
Cracking his neck from left to right

“The Sabbath day, resting in lies, rankled in syrupy mess, 
Believing is deceiving all this feral trash we call friends,
His happiness upon a time that mocks all those who stray,
Those who dare to bash the head of a pompous, polished day
May I shove each heart into the rash-spent furies of my consternation,
To rest assured, all that the day soon brings is the madness of insanity’s ascension
Never was there one as sickening, as the one who stabs us in foolish hope,
Into nothings who can never attain joy, who only scramble to appease…and mope…”

My eyes, which were so focused on the miserable demon,
Who had finally fallen asleep in my arms,
Color returning to his acquiescent form,
Averted once again to the demoralizing Devil, with severe pain and with severe love

“The sleeper, the slave, his submissive energy you crave,
Though you do not think you deserve the ease of his save,
Rest is in your ability to submit,
Not to prove, or prevalently profit,
Merely to observe where happiness must grow,
The heart recalls the blessings beyond what we think we know…” 

And to that, he sang with me, tension and rawness in his bravado…

“We in this realm shall cultivate each other,
In the strange company of one another,
To sing desperately with passions unrest,
So that in separate ways we may perceive our test
This demon sleeps in the arms of love,
It knows not the smiles and cares from above,
Let us be challengers for challenge’s sake,
In secret endeavors, this art supreme we make
Drifting darkness will always subsist and applause,
One who struggles to yield, for the relief of this pause…”

Singing on, he crushed my voice with the deep recesses of his own -
“A war awaits as long as these duets fail to defy…
As long as my meaning is subjective to your flair…”

His dark eyes, like black trenches, impasses of despair
Stayed irrepressibly open, staring into my motionless soul
I breathe…to stay alive . . .

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