Poem: Black Despair – Rise, Phoenix

The darkness overwhelms

It hides within your soul

It shatters all you are

It whispers of false gold

 

Can you hear it moan

As it runs down through your self

As the slickest of its touches

Violates your wealth

Of feeling?

 

You try to pull away

To push it from your heart

To break free from its grip

And escape before the start

But

Never can you free yourself

Not even as you try

And whisper to the cold dark sky

Why?

 

And why indeed

You ask

In head

Heart

And hand

With lips that shine with your own tears

As the dark ignores your demands

Your pleas

Your cries

 

Soundlessly you sob

Into the gritty street

Quietly you cry

As the world around you greets it

With silence

Just

Silence.

 

 

Steal back the night.

Rise up to your feet.

Grab it by the collar

And pull it back to meet

A sharpened stake of truth

To drive into its heart

It never should have had you

Not even from the start.

 

You are not its toy

Not fate’s simple thing

To be tugged

To be pulled

To be yanked from ring to ring

Of people who all talk

Of nothing and with no thing

To say.

 

Break free of this darkness. Make it yours instead.

It violates your pride

Now rise up from the dead

The cold

The wet

Ashes of your despair

Burning once again

The phoenix who was broken

Will now live yet once more

 

If and only if

 

The darkness that’s in store

Is brought to pay

for

Its crimes.

 

So burn now love

And burn now bright

To capture and corner the black

You once let it take you

Now you’ll take it back-

And rise-

And soar.

 

 

©2012 Sam Oliver (Eris)

 

I love writing poetry.

-Eris