To Fret and Better Yet

Listen to To Fret and Better Yet by Richard Charles Stevens

Listen to Teardrop by Massive Attack

I fear not
Appear not
The tools
To possess
Remiss not
In earshot
To cause and effect
Each teardrop
Sincere lot
Remorselessly bled
As I place down my slingshot
To pause and reflect

All that once fretted
No more silhouetted
No part of my heart
Regards warmth
Disaffected
Forewarned and forearmed
Yet unharmed irrespective
For every scar scorned
Remarks form recollected

I fear not
Appear not
One clear shot
From bested
Awaiting no fate
That ain’t courageously contested
With power vested me to be the I denied to be and leave me not quite so defeatedly defected

All that regretted
Neglected address
Format corrected
Selectively refreshed
To best express collective stress
In but a breath or less
In death
A treasured friend to lend caress
In life
Restored sight prized
From tether’s end
Entwined
The eyes to empathize
To hint at where adventures lie
Break convention’s chains
And make pretend

All that imbedded
Should never have been sweated
As I ventured forth with verve compelled
When nerves had been well shredded
Sweating all the small things
When all things bright and beautiful
Were dutiful to bettering address
Stalling for time
Not to fall into line
But to call time on the reckoning predestining regrets
Dressed to kill the will revealed to feel and never less
Bled the quill for it led no appeal to evanesce

I fear not
Appear not
The tools
To possess
Remiss not
In earshot
To cause and effect
Each teardrop
Sincere lot
Remorselessly bled
As I place down my slingshot
To pause and reflect

I fear not
The end
Appear not
The tools
To possess
Remiss not
In earshot
To cause and effect
Each teardrop
Sincere lot
Thoughtfully bled
As I place down my slingshot
To pause and reflect
On the favour
To which I am sped
By remaining days famed
Yet to dress

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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