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Dark Dark Dark “In Your Dreams”

 

 

 

 

Underneath the floorboards
In the clay betwixt my bones
Ten thousand warlords draw swords
Marching forth to fixed abode
The scripture shows these fissure zones
As mine alone to bear
Their final toll my bible oath
To idle tone’s declare

 

I wasn’t born to die alone
To be so cruelly judged
I wasn’t sworn to silence to defy such grueling grudge
I wasn’t torn from grace to fall upon my knees in sludge
I didn’t choose to come all of this way to play the drudge
There comes a time in all our lives to say enough’s enough
And who’s to say that death possessed the tools to call my bluff

 

In the darkest recess of a mind maligned by fate
I listened most intently to the whispers from behind the grate

Come inside
Mute acolyte
Do trust us
There is ample light
To march with faceless Jacobites
To find your place in shade

 

At ankle height
Of vile arrange
My pale white flesh be flayed
Bittersweet this serenade
Their industry
My tired tirade
I tried to fade from sight
Yet without let or hindrance failed
For something deep inside confided purpose to prevail

 

All surplus skin
I shed herein the chamber of assail
I raised my head and bled my sins
To walk more favoured trail
Forgave myself each indiscretion
Deemed of wealth my essence lessened
Learned a healthy lifelong lesson
Nevermore to graze
My flesh when bled of end note breath’s arrange

 

Underneath the floorboards
In the flowers of my bones
Ten thousand strong belief is bid residual enthrone
Empowered by the ebbs and flows
Of every treasured soul aglow
Their chiming toll my prideful oath
To higher grounds foreshown
Often
During twilight
I can hear my floorboards groan
And actually that flatters me to never feel alone

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Charles Stevens

 

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. I’m smiling so widely. Your ending…
    “Often
    During twilight
    I can hear my floorboards groan
    And actually that flatters me to never feel alone”
    Your trilogy took me on an enjoyable journey and I love where I ended…with a smile over those last lines. Thank you for sharing these pieces of your art with us, Richard!! <3

  2. I love how the floorboards groan assures you’re not alone, I shall no longer fear the night! This was stunning and my hand danced like an opera conductor as I read this. And YES:

    There comes a time in all our lives to say enough’s enough

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