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Doran_Bladefist 03-13-2008 12:36 PM

Some Scant Poetry: "Angst in Progress"
 
Here's some of my past incursions. Yes, most of it is angry, bitter, and destructive; an inner reflection of younger days. Also, some are written within the context of a novel I am working on so the greater meaning may be elusive. I would love some critique, as I rarely get any from other outlets :disappoin I have tons more, but I figured four of them should be enough ranting for today ;)

"Armageddon"

Time passes by,
going away so peacefully.
It's the same old thing,
the whispers of ages.

Can you hear it?
The astral callings?
I can't, but I know they're there,
wistfully they hide in concrete and glass.

Gone now is all that mattered.
Here now is all that remains.
I weep to myself in suffered solitude.

Ruins smote upon the surface.
Pockmarked, they sing sour.
The wind grows coarse, heavy.
Eventide comes for the young.

Deep, under the blackest of oceans,
secrets long since forgotten.
The weight we carry;
I hide mine well.

Inversion, antithesis, contradiction.
Breaths shallow, uncaring.
Can you feel it on the wind?

Who could have known
that we would be the harbingers.
Our own destruction
at the hands of our daughters, our sons.

Adolescence fades,
seasons linger.
I grow brittle in the night,
seeking out gods amongst the streams.

Buried under the sands,
the hourglass turns one last time.
Crumbling into ashes and dust.

And we ask ourselves:
what are we made of?
Shadows burned into chain-link,
we murder ourselves, gladly.

And we ask another:
what are we waiting for?
The days of selfless sacrifice to return.
Heroes that never stay.

The greatest civilization
the earth has ever seen.
Defeated by carnal hatred.

If vengeance is truly God's will,
then may the sun cease to shine.
May the wind cease to move.
May the earth reject her children.

May we be remembered as we should have been.
May we be remembered as men.
And may we be forgiven,
for all those lost along the way.

Lay us down, let us pass,
that something better may come of it.
Let us haunt that which we once held dear.

And let us run through the fields,
forever escaping into an embracing eternity.

A faith of the fallen.

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"The Seventh Son"

Wrapped in his own,
his mind pierces flesh.
Not what he seems,
impossible to guess.

Dreaming, he walks alone.
Friends kept near, yet so apart.
Harsh acts bleed upon surface,
unsure where he lost his heart.

Lying in the chilling ground,
he finds some sweet solace.
Bitter till the never-end,
he sings an ethereal chorus.

Who is this darkened man?
The one they seem to call "Moth"?
What makes him so abstract,
dressed in his funeral cloth?

Is it murder, or is it kindness,
the ways of the wicked?
Passing so close to life and death,
skewed is the reality in the thicket.

Taking those he wishes,
black heart scarring darker steel.
he takes that cup up blindly,
No longer able to feel.

His blood now runs coldly,
dead and living all at once.
And where to do his allegiances lie?
To whatever pleases his nuance.

He is a ghost, a phantom,
a cowl in the ink of night.
Passing through the veil is his existence,
cursing those in his path to flight.

And on one cruel day,
one so lost to the ages,
the Mothman shed a single tear,
for the life birthed at the hands of Aegis.

Leaving into the mist,
death takes it's grim toll.
"All people live to die."
if only it could be as simple as so.

A friend, a brother, a father, a son,
once so long, long ago.
Treachery, lies, truth so profound,
If only we had the strength to let it show.

Unhealing wounds and scars,
blackness consuming within.
Tears hidden within the rain,
If only he could go home again.

Chasing away all his sanity,
he pledges himself to whatever end.
Time erodes all pleasant thought,
the day life chose to rend
the lifeblood of the ages.

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"The Chair"

The School bell rings through the courtyard
Students fill in the green chairs
The feeling of rushing, damning quiet
Sings softly through the heavy air

Wondering minds pause for thought
To ponder the beguiling past
In the center one chair sits empty
A flower long since cast

All vengeful eyes turn to one
The one who knows the truth
He hangs is head in decadence
A sinner amongst pure youth

A car, a bottle, a close friend near
screaming shards of metal
Tearing life from limb to limb
Pavement takes that sweet petal

Spiderwebs spreading through the air
Their end was near and nigh
Frigid thoughts beget deeper cuts
That night they chose to lie

And so that chair stays empty
Never to fill again
And the Friend now stands alone forever
Unable to clean that stain

Tortured, emaciated, broken to the core
He smashes his fists in pink water
Desperate for impossible redemption
The fires began burning hotter

Not one, not all, was safe from him
his purpose turned absolute
His thoughts turned dark, without form
He vowed to destroy the truth

Not heaven, not hell, could stop him
Infected with rage so pure
Only in the arms of wicked nostrum
Could such a malice endure

And so his wings sprout forward
sly evil now his carnal way
He passes on his decrepit song
To wake another day

So now two chairs sit empty
One more subtle than the last
And when did that true friendship die?
When all others merely looked past

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"Penitent"

You did it, didn't you?
You left her there to die
Didn't concede for even a moment
She was gone in the flash of an eye
Sunrise on the planets surface

Left to wonder and wander
Amongst those abysmal stars
You contend with your own heart
But if the choice was all yours
Wouldn't you do it again and again?

She's gone now, lost in darkness
There's no going back to the past
Many lives may be spared
But how long will it really last?
We all eventually fail, regardless of endeavor

I suppose all that matters to you
Is that the decision was fine and proper
In times of war, times of famine
There is no better doctor
Than the healer with a bullet in his mouth

"I am no monster" you say
"I did what was right" you chime
Keep lying to yourself if you can
No life is worth a subtle line
Love and friendship transcends the weave

What could you do?
Against evil absolute?
You try and persuade yourself
But come off lacking truth
She died for you and you alone

Without second thought
no hesitation in that space
She laid herself down
Not just to save face
beside the rush of that heavenly gale

And now only mist and shadow remain

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Here's another one - a song I wrote last night. I view it in the heavy metal realm, but I suppose it could be worked into other genres.

Can’t you see?
What this darkness does to me
Can’t you hear?
Singing softly, I cannot see

Won’t you know?
I’m the last one to let go of
Won’t you say?
Sitting so quietly, I’m all alone

Drudging through darkened waters deep,
I sleep the sleep of a waking nightmare
Passing through those pearly gates,
I hate to hate those fluttering white cares

And I breath....

Can’t you feel?
Burning flesh down in the undertow
Can’t you grow?
Roses of death-tide begin to show

Won’t you taste?
The bitter sting of forced mortality
Won’t you love?
The devil’s ghost nothing but a fallacy

Drudging through darkened hallows deep,
I creep the creep of a dreaming night-scare
Passing under those whimsical gates,
I hate the fate of those stuttering white lairs

And I breath....

Shadowy angels, calling your name
Sharpened teeth at your ear, in darkness they came
Willing, wanting, they drag you down in
Nothing in lightness can they understand

Drudging through darkened nightmares deep,
I weep for some sleep and silent repose
Passing by those pearly gates,
I relate to the late reply to my prayers

And I breath....

Doran_Bladefist 03-26-2008 12:10 AM

Here's a new piece. I was Just sitting here listening to Setu-firestorm's Ocarina of time piano montage, and the desire to jot some words was overflowing. The part of the song, near the middle, with the re-envisioned segment of the song of storms is absolutely haunting. If you have not heard it, head to the man's newgrounds page to listen. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Zelda music.

Here's the link, for those interested - LoZ-Ocarina Medley for Piano


"Cries of the Children"


Dancing amongst the winter storms,
a heroes blade sings softly into the quiet nether.
Crying out to those once lost, vengeance on the swing,
souls, once parted, leave solitary notes unread.

History fades, heroes depart for grander quests,
and those left to tell the tale have not the heart.
For those saved, their shells bleeding hollow memory,
younger days becoming nothing more than shadow.

Happiness lay in the eyes of the innocent,
conquest and war not yet surviving youth's strain.
Hope, desire, and courage wear thin,
and wholeness may never come again.

Evil takes all goodness,
firstborn feeling the deepest cut.
And we are left to wonder and wander,
At what price comes our deliverance?

And for the one to save us all,
his part lay darker in wait.
For his sentence is a place of forgetting,
us takers leeching shallow still.

The blood is on his hands,
his death is left in ours.
His sacrifice lay with Goddesses eternal,
and we are left behind; ignorant.

For we are but children,
lost on that winding path.
Heroes leave, old ones stay,
and youth becomes the tomb of virtue.

Selah 03-26-2008 12:58 PM

Mmm... the first two lines of "Cries of the Children" are beautiful. They evoke winter in all its softness and silence so completely; without even closing my eyes, I envision "the winter storms" - white flakes stirred with wind, clustering, showering - the shining steel of "a heroes blade" in their midst.

But my rhapsodizing upon such a narrow part of "Cries" does your poem no justice, so I'll stop now, xD

I'll have to read "Cries" several times over to really understand and appreciate (or at least try); right now, I can only extract bits and pieces, images, that I loved while reading.

Eh... and I have to go. Will return!

Doran_Bladefist 03-26-2008 06:06 PM

Thanks Selah, I appreciate it!

Doran_Bladefist 04-03-2008 12:23 AM

“Fate is a razor”


Try as I may, try as I may not
Drifting along crooked lines doesn’t heal
Grieving over spilled blood, ignominy breaches the loom
Shallowness misconstrued as memory helps none

The world is on fire, licking against shored masonry
I curse the eons with my whimsical tidings
My eyes grapple with falling skies
Virtue calibrates tangible penitence

Callow dreams burn, maturity exchanges
Aspiration turns cold, solitude beckons
Destitute sunrises break the chill
Gnawed to the bone, survival becomes capricious

Wish I didn’t know what I didn’t
Misery misses me, and I relate
What is this droll eventide?
Desperate madness

A soliloquy in preference
Hazy lines pierce - appreciate the copper
Numb to the core, ghosts lash out
A seraphic blemish

Am I wicked?
Do butterflies breath life into the tempest?
Faceless beauty, I envy you
One last fortuitous tear to cleanse the stain

White roses in the harvest

Doran_Bladefist 04-04-2008 09:57 PM

Here's five others that I found in the abyss that is my hard drive ;)

"Graven"

Heavenly waters dancing, marry blood with choice
Thoughts are cursory, actions are crude
Fixating upon this purchased curse, lives are chained

No respite, no nostrum; no immortals here
I waive through the flask, my weaving the creeper's web
Tangled, ensnared, we howl to the cold earth in our compulsion

Streams of amber coursing in the mind
Stones take root; defy they may, but decadence comes still
The mass-murderer is paid; sly grins and easy substitutes remain

Lemon gold waxes into oil, greasing machines for their daily races
Bane's blight burgeons billowing browbeats
....I forget how it feels without

In this stockade, each of us suffers his own spirit
but does the spirit suffer mortal liberty?
And as I consume the flaxen ambrosia, the body ebbs it's final paean.

I succumb, adoration in fist, and she sings to me softly as I pass her by
Her tears channel the way for the ferryman: cold compassion
....and I return home

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"The Civil Servant"

He is my friend
He is my enemy
He is the taker
He is the giver
He seems so random
But his purpose is absolute

Shrouded in black
To bring you to the light
You cannot stop him
But why would you want to?
He destroys families
To reunite them again

What an existence
To be the gardener
Plowing through the weeds
To find those flowrets gay
Binding them in his sheaves
To set them free

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"End of the Trail"

Drifting along they gallop into that feral sun,
affectionate air brushing across their fatigued faces.
Their skin harsh, their manes shorn, they push on into the deep, vast unknown.
Whispering as one with the wind, they ride.

Can you hear their voices?

No fortune, no fame, no masked rider to call them "mine",
alone with themselves they are free again; wild, unbroken and young.
Burning through the parched underbrush, the desert calls them home;
Sonara's dust never tasted so sweet to dulled city-senses.

Here they could run; run forever; catch that stitch of time; their souls kept safe.

Oh to die here on the arid plains; bittersweet fear graces their thoughts;
only to fade away as the red sands near; consuming; re-birthing.
Here, on the shores of Sonara, the horses are strong, stout, and swift.
And here, on the shores of Sonara, the horses ride on; eternity in their blood.

Only here, where all old horses go, does God smile a tear.

Only here, where time is at it's end, does purple sagebrush grow.

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"'Twill be Darkness"

Echoes of laughter, romping through blind eternity,
leave shallow waters, stark contrast bleeding off rough diadems.
A somber symphony, a placid poem, a contrite canticle of lovers torn 'tween,
shrouded and solemn they struggle, intimate strangers bound by cold caress.

Wishing it to be easy.

A lustful magnificence, a magnificent splendor, a splendid choreography of souls.
Reforming all that once was certain under jealous skies, breathing through heavy words,
promises fall short and gold loses it's luster.
Into water I wring myself.

Wanting it to be over.

Subtle niceties and feral emotion pays no heed to distance, stretching far amongst the stars.
Self-servitude and the drawing of skin, in essence I am but pieces, shards, remnants.
Straight lines, deep into the moss, tearing across damning sickness, indifferent to parties.
Unleashed, unabridged, unfathomable.

Thinking it to be fantasy.

The forests burn, the lakes dry, the skies fall, the apple tree....dies.
Jaded into simplicity, I have failed myself, but, believe me, you have failed me too.

Unto the very destruction of the stars, I would have followed you.

Unto the very threat of death, I would have saved you.

Unto the very pain of heart, I would have loved you.

And once, on the drifting plains of Sonara, writing songs left unsung,
I fell, like raindrops in the wind, drifting forever down the mountainside,
listening to the waves of silence, the call of darkness, that loquacious, solitary flight.
And in my loneliness I realize what I had, what truly mattered, what elegies!

The love of a lifetime, the hate of an eternity, the knowing that I was still alive.

Scars mark my shame, memories burn fresh the guilt, and I am whole again.

I'm not afraid anymore.

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"Alibis for Lullabies"

Rounding corners, I'm in too deep
Bullets flying, cannot sleep
Tearing shrapnel cuts my skin
Running and running again.

Devil's angels track my way
Burning crimson with death and decay
No more weapons, shaking hands
Can't find the strength to withstand

Burning through the streets of gold
Looking for some sign of safe escape
Reaching for a savior's hand
Over and over again

No more running, it has to end
Bleeding bodies, make way for the man
Here we go now, open the door
Bullet casings litter the floor.

Burning through the streets of gold
Looking for a mindless soul to take
Reaching for a savior's hand
Over and over again

Ghostly faces, echo through
The only thing now is just me and you
So much pain now, can you deny?
No way now that you can survive

Burning through the streets of gold
Looking for some sign of safe escape
Reaching for a savior's hand
Over and over again

Tearing down the streets of gold
Looking for another heart to break
Looking for that savior of mine
Over and over again

Selah 04-05-2008 08:08 AM

::returns... weeks late::

Quote:

Sonara's dust never tasted so sweet to dulled city-senses.
That is the line I love in the poem I most treasure in your latest batch of poesy: End of the Trail (do forgive that mess of a sentence above, >>). I suppose I could say a good deal about End's "beautiful imagery" and "evocative brilliance", but I've been saying too much upon those cliched subjects for too long. xD I'll just mention that End of the Trail is the desert; it is a sense of liberation. I can taste the sand, sweet to those who have longed for it and been starved of it; I can feel the energy coursing through the veins of the characters "gallop[ing] into that feral sun" - I could run forever and a day across that parched, red sand, "wild, unbroken and young".

Is "Sonara" part of that novel you mentioned in your first post? I noted the name in another one of your poems.

The only point I have by way of critique is that many of your poems seem a jumble of lovely words that confuse and obstruct any meaning I might derive from a piece - though perhaps by "meaning", I meant "story". I can't seem to figure out what's going on, or what's being described, @_@ I mostly noticed this with Graven, Twill Be Darkness and Fate Is A Razor; even End of the Trail gave me pause in the beginning, with the line, "Drifting along they gallop into that feral sun". "Drifting" and "gallop" are such contradictory words in the images they bring up; they render the line a "pretty phrase", one without much sense of substance behind it.

What inspires your poetry?

Doran_Bladefist 04-05-2008 10:12 AM

Sonara holds a special place in my heart, and yes, you will find it in many of my works. The name speaks to me, gives me solace and makes me dream of red rock and desert sand. I don't know what it is that drives this connection I have to the desert, but it's always been a part of me. I don't live in one, per say, but I just sense that whenever I go there I am at peace. Like the old sailor who never dies - he just returns to the ocean that gave him life.

As far as inspiration for my works is concerned, in all honesty I can't place it. There's something out there that drives it, for sure, but I am at a loss as to where it comes from. I would almost label it as randomness, as when I write it just flows. Dark and dreary for the most part. I don't plan much, and I don't envision a whole lot, it just comes out when I start typing. My wife tells me that my old style is like Charles Dickens, as if I was being paid by the word, but I'm not sure if I should take that as a compliment or not. ;)

I dunno, maybe that makes sense to someone.

Oh, and as for the composition, yes I agree that they are a rather hasty whipping up. A lot of what I am posting right now is old-old-old and represents my first attempts at writing. I'd edit them to what I now view as proper, but that would be like re-writing your diary to how you now remember things happening. It may not be up to standards now, but it's a history book of where you came from. Rubbish and junk - my fading adolescence.

*Edit* - I take that back, about not knowing where the inspiration comes from. It's Music! Whenever I was writing back then, it was all based around the thought of dramatic piano, violins, Spanish guitars, and the like. Not necessarily music that is already out there, but I would just envision the scene with the music within, the notes actually telling the story, not the dialog. Wow, I just had a revelation! That was the problem back then! I was telling the story around the music, though no one else could hear it but me! Oh, the Shenanigans!

Doran_Bladefist 04-05-2008 11:07 AM

Here's some more trash :)

- This is a short inscription that was intended for my novel, though it was replaced with something more fitting and not so....blah. Now, some would immediately say that my wording is done horribly wrong, hooked on phonics style, but it was intentional - just so you know.

A Golden Box sits on high,
weathered veins cannot spy.
Ev'r to watch daze go bye,
puzzled mines start to cry.
Weeping tears cannot lye,
butterfly wings have to tri.
Solve the mystery with one closed I,
else forever and tether may die.

- Doesn't make much sense, does it? I'm not even sure I can remember what it meant anymore! ;)

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- FYI, This one is rather heavy and hateful, as the title would no doubt imply. I wrote it during some of my....dark times.:evil:

"Murder Me"

Lying here, wilting into my own decaying core
As wicked as I am, beauty is found in the black
The lies, the drying blood, the violence in my mind
Stirring echos of supressed emotion
It recedes in time, but is never lost
The key being manic memories and vile virtues

The breakdown is here, but empty I feel
How do you shatter nothing?
How do you burst when you cannot bring it out?
Building, building, building even higher
I am starting to slide
I am starting to crumble
I am starting to cave
I am ceasing to care

The day is almost here, the flesh of fallen angels
Bring me to the cusp of pain, only to give me pills
Heal my wounds, only to make them scar
Tell me what I am made of, so the salesman may die
Tell me what I must do, to make myself scream
Please......hate me......so I can learn.......to hate myself
Teach me to be ugly
End me, murder me, ghost me

I've run my course

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"Locking up the Sun"

Cold, endless twilight. Dying winter's Sun.
Searching for some answer, man destroys it's only one.
Sealing it forever, time and eternity
God, glory, and tarnished gold is what they want from me.

Who will stay this madness? Who can decide what's right?
A chosen few with hopes anew will sacrifice tonight.
Though in vain, no chances here, they battle for the cause
Against a God, what can you do when you are in the maw?

Then when all seems to be lost, dead heroes line the halls
Turning time and undead kind will fade with one and all.
Petty strife and rusted knife will never be forgot
until all is gone and none is won, only death will here be caught.

And so we pass through the Serrasalmo, who here has no more teeth
For none are required to build the pyre of man turned indignant beast.
And so it ends without large song or cheering, parading crowds.
Built by hand, the doom of man, to the whimpering of hushed clouds.

Doran_Bladefist 04-06-2008 12:52 PM

"Destinyís Call"


A winterís sun warming their chilled faces,
the navigators of the heavens depart.
Sailing on wings of air, they course into the wild beyond,
to search for what was lost.

Children shout and cheer as they embark,
the families left behind shed tears.
They wonít be returning, but in them lies dreams;
a dwindling hope to find sanctuary.

Their ship sturdy, faithful, and strong,
the sailors break out into empty space.
The stars reveal their brilliant constant,
the threshold of eternity at their feet.

The order is given, the men and women answer,
timeís face begins to bend.
Like burrowing through a thousand supernovae,
our heroes blindly jump into the void.

The Captain stands firm against the storm,
his face seasoned and determined.
The task was his, a heavy burden to bear:
bring Godís children home.

The Master Mariner takes his place,
ready to carry the price of his people.

Fires ensue, the ferry tremors at the strain,
brave souls giving their all for the sake of their children.
Cracks appear in the shielding grace of the view,
the end of time begins to ascend.

Memories weigh heavily and permeate,
the fate of man lying on so few.
Driving hard and fast,
the crew gives themselves to forever willingly.

Shredding steel and flailing cables take many,
the vessel bearing them hence failing.
She was sturdy, faithful, and strong,
but sometimes strength and faith isnít enough.

The Captain seals those below deck to their doom,
saving those who can still try
to make it to the lost home-world;
their wings becoming wax.

The ship begins to slow, her body unable to sail,
falling into the stream, she sinks into the glow.
Seeing all but lost, the Captain gives the command:
ďStraight on till morning!Ē

The Captain retrieves a locket from around his neck,
gripping the cold metal tightly.

The reliant navigator at the helm responds,
taking heed to last resortís final issue.
Pulling that switch of crimson threat,
he ignites the conflagration.

The ship bursts into expedience,
denying all previous notions of haste.
The ferry bearing humanity hence shudders,
taxed metal exerts that feral shriek.

The slipstream fails, the ship runs aground,
tumbling into that starry vacuum.
Emptiness fills the crew;
failure was at hand.

Though kismet was inevitable,
as they knew when they set sail,
the dire need for redemption stood fast,
as the crew accepts their fate.

The Captain smiles, closes his eyes,
Destinyís Call allowing a glimmer.
Through the web of shattered glass and mangled steel,
a yearned-for mother Earth slowly comes into view.

Eons since she was lost,
humanity had again found their way home.

Doran_Bladefist 04-18-2008 05:11 PM

"The Way of the Soldier"
 
Fading away,
heroes kiss their final goodbyes.
The battle is over, for some,
and homeward bound is our compass.

Bloodied and cleaved,
we soldier on into the darkness.
Ourselves lost amongst the corpses,
we give hollow definition to the breathing.

The dead speak to us,
their tongues of snarl and snap.
We listen intently, desperately,
unsure of what the way might bring.

Faint echoes draw near,
whispers hidden among the screams.
We reach out, remorse hidden in our fingertips,
extending forward to touch the silhouette of death.

The veil parts way,
though it still clings tightly to some.
Memories align into intense reflection;
the good, the bad, and the unseen.

Awaiting final judgment,
soldiers pay the ultimate price.
For in the eyes of a stranger,
we be not, but murderers.

Relenting, releasing, accepting,
we bid our brave farewells.
Into the arms of this beautiful stranger,
we lay ourselves down once more.

Doran_Bladefist 04-19-2008 07:50 PM

A Late Goodbye Brings No Less Tears
 
For the ugliest feline in the world - April 4, 2004-April 19, 2008

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Tired, drained, alone,
I type here a last goodbye.
Saline echoing my keystrokes,
the grief still burns near.

We stand by, helpless,
waiting for some shimmer of hope.
The stitcher walks in, emotionless,
the box of tissues in his grip betrays all.

Cold, stuttering, and defeated,
she feels that coursing darkness fill her veins.
Insidious and worming,
the contagion has taken it's course.

I gasp, my stomach wrenches.
Mortality is at our door.

It didn't have to come to this,
suffering until the coming of death.
But I smile, laboriously;
it was worth it in the end.

Had we not taken her,
had we left her to the wind,
she would have been cast aside.
Such is the veneration of disease.

Her nose turned pale,
she gently rests in my hands.
I cradle her as the lifeblood in her drains,
the pain slowly fading into memory.

We leave her hollow shell,
not but a breath on the weave.
And like all my past loves,
she is released into the wild beyond.

Dashing through golden fields,
the warmth of the setting sun on your face,
I hope you would remember us fondly,
those who could bear you no more pain.

Be at peace,
oh Prowler of the night.
Loving hands hold you now.
I will miss you always.

Doran_Bladefist 04-20-2008 10:37 AM

The Morning After
 
The morning sun refuses to shine,
hiding contritely behind mute clouds.
The day after has risen;
everything turns surreal.

I course through photographs,
fond memories of days long since defeated.
She lay there, peaceful, happy, and content.
How did it need to change so?

I am pained,
though the tears no longer fall.
I clothe my nakedness with walls of temperance,
no longer willing to let it show.

How does one pick up the pieces?
How does one revert back to younger days?
I am forever changed, shifted, scarred;
I still catch myself wanting to call her name.

Her door stands shut,
her perch lay empty.
This house feels so hollow,
but I cannot bear to fill it with another.

Numb,
I feel that cold stab of bitterness growing.
Not for her death, that was forecast,
but for the pain endured through an ephemeral lifetime.

She was daring, strong, and swift.
A hunter of the moonlit night.
Taken down by nature's devices,
even the strongest cannot deny her fury.

It grieves me to know that I don't know.
On what wind does she now soar?
God, destiny, kismet:
warm dreams I beseech.

I look to the pall horizon's crest,
and see that rage waiting for me, cloaked.
I only wish I could be that brave,
accepting my fate in the end.

A break in the effervescent clouds betrays all,
warm rays shining on me, briefly, as I write.
I know now, without doubt or question:
She is at peace.

Doran_Bladefist 04-28-2008 11:52 PM

The Dream-Maker
 
Through darkened wood and nefarious lot,
good deeds turned means good deeds forgot.
Whimsical, wishing, wasting, and want,
"heros die first" subtle cowards must taunt.

Trivial pain and neglected great quests,
leads to misfortune for those who give less.
I was the giver, charitable and most kind,
but, alas, my fate slowly starts to unwind.

I wish I was strong, capable, and swift,
like those gallant heroes of inconceivable grip.
But no, I am not; I am shallow and spineless,
like the first springtime bloom caught in winterís unkindness.

And so I read on, dreaming adventure so bold;
eternity in my pocket, excitement unfolds.
I wish, and I want, for destiny anew,
but fantasy is but just, in-between far and few.

Pushing aside those stories once told,
I surge forth anew, writing penchant-foolís gold.
For in my base mind that dark winter is ending,
and no longer needed is this game of pretending.

Worlds without measure stuck in my fist,
I dream of the dreamer lost in the mist.
Whimsical, wishing, wasting, and want,
he composes his last at the Dream-Makerís fount.

Doran_Bladefist 05-19-2008 09:15 PM

Photograph
 
Sifting through pictures faded,
yellowed paper speaks of generations.
I had dreamt of photos long since forgotten,
friend and foe intertwined in forged reality.

I see the breadth of ages,
crossing hidden lines and blind acceptance.
I yearn for those years of solace;
children hiding in protected sheaves.

Fingers run across the grainy textures,
colors bland and mellow,
smudged ink of tidy print hides written law,
but refuses to disappear into the parchment.

Seeing some who still reap breath,
others who dance with sunrise,
I feel a mighty gale of sorrow,
deluging my sense of perspective.

Youth feels wasted, scorned,
though I know it not be true.
I am what I am this very day;
birthed from those improprieties.

Regret shadows fallible memory,
a sinner amongst god-kind.
Though it is regret that breeds progression,
and the continuation of the universe lives on.

Closing the crackled blue-blood jacket,
I again shelve that precious inflection.
Taking a deep breath of reborn courage,
I take another photograph and begin anew.

Doran_Bladefist 06-01-2008 09:20 PM

Dusty Old Bones
 
Dusty old bones, full of green dust,
lay cold, deadened, alone.
Silenced, it's lofty passion and insatiable lust,
the river of twilight became home.

Those rocking limbs strain to grow, to speak,
telling of tales grand and perilous.
Stay a while and hear them painfully creak,
the splinters tell of something nefarious.

Jutting forth from the river's bend,
ashen driftwood stands firm.
The ghosts never move, never dare to end,
cursed with an immortality to learn.

Under moonlit sky and capricious lot,
the skeletons of old split the stream.
Sunshine burns, angelic razors hot,
naught but rot and decay to be gleaned.

They are cursed beyond measure, one and all,
doomed to outlast in the mire.
Their crime being alive, free, and tall,
their bodies torn; crestfallen ire.

Other beings may roost in their corpses,
taken solace within hollow veins.
Quietly accepting their withering purposes,
they become oblivious to the scratching, the stains.

Gods of the heavens, your state is appalling.
It's cruel that you should lie as such.
Tomb of the ancients, I hear your faint calling,
but I shudder at your diminishing touch.

But within your felling, I can see scant hope,
choking in the weeds and the leaves.
Pushing through, I pray you can cope,
a child escaping dark sheaves.

Wiry, weak, wishing, and wilting,
a small sprout divided it's seed.
I cast away the deathly quilting,
and give you a chance to feed:

Sunlight birthing Gods anew.

Doran_Bladefist 07-03-2008 02:13 PM

Desert Creature
 
Dry winds caress my face,
lips chapped by the heat of the sun.
I breath in that pure fire,
dust filling my lungs and heart.

Clenched in my fist is a cross,
one bitterly etched by memory.
I squeeze it, wrathful,
itís teeth shredding my jealousy; purification.

Alone, dust devils swirling,
I become one with the badlands.
I am a desert creature,
blessed and cursed with watery hands.

But water doesnít survive here.
Neither do the stains of time.
Everything fades away, is consumed;
eternities lost among the limestone steppes.

Sonara speaks to me,
kisses me with her arid tears.
Carried upon her winds, I fly,
all those empty, wasted years forgotten.

Here and now,
where feet never touch the ground,
I return to that sacred place;
the place where God was found and let go.

And then the desert creature wakes,
the radio screaming.

Doran_Bladefist 07-06-2008 10:31 PM

The Scottish Maiden
 
A violent death to carry for tender,
emerging to cut the enraged.
I am but a token of perverted justice;
reflection of histories paged.

You're the seeker of retribution,
of families destroyed in the tide.
Royal seals and tradition forgotten,
'tis you, not me, that has lied.

My edge is clean, pure and unbroken,
as swift as the sundering storm.
I cut through time, as easy as water,
You're rules are what I forlorn.

Fathers, mothers, children since parted,
sing en masse to my merciful glide.
Be at peace, oh ones of the lost,
my teeth their definitive guide.

And so you stand triumphant,
a murderer among sheep so lost.
Did you ever think to stop and wonder,
what is the price, the cost?

Sleep well tonight, blessed assassin,
puller of strings so bold.
For perhaps tomorrow you become the singer,
no longer one of the fold.

All in one and one in all,
history begs to repeat.
When blood is spilled, innocent or not,
every slaughter will be replete.

My edge is clear, wild and unbridled,
as malevolent as the misfortunate mourn.
I cut through flesh as easy as paper,
when your own fleece, too, shall be shorn.

Doran_Bladefist 07-28-2008 07:02 PM

A Call to Arms
 
Whisper in the darkness
I think they're coming near
those dark blades
and ethereal shades
my mind gives in to fear

Loud and hard they charge on
wicked till the end
kingdoms fall
at the reaper's call
it's too much to defend

Horrors and terrors
take all that was left for us
shadows in meadows
push on

And so we fight to the end
a grim and stark reality
chasing those dreams
of a freedom long gone

Fighting across the sands of time
fighting for this heart of mine
into the darkness we ride

Arm yourselves, my brothers
the night is not yet free
shadows come
our lives undone
our hope we do decree

Eternal hardship we've endured
a thousand lives we've lost
but here, tonight
we fight the fight
and win at whatever cost

Horrors and terrors
take all that was left for you
shadows in meadows
fight on

And so we fight to the end
a grim and stark reality
chasing those ghosts
of a lifetime since passed

Riding across the streams of time
riding for this soul of mine
into the darkness we run

Lay down your arms, my brothers
for there is nothing left to win
our deeds are shunned
at this world undone
our madness not but a whim

The apex of brutality
we lost what we sought to save
our people gone
our souls turned wrong
we've become that unholy slave

Horrors and terrors
are that's left of you
Shadows in meadows
fight on

And so we fight in this end
a grim and stark reality
being those ghosts
of a lifetime since lost

Cursed across the streams of time
searching for this soul of mine
into the darkness we fall

Doran_Bladefist 07-28-2008 07:05 PM

Where Do We Fit In?
 
sleeping through the daylight
blind colors feed me dreams
slowly drowning, eclipsing in my fears
I feel the same as I ever did

breathing steady
guilty hands shaking
feeling 'machine'
twisted in shallow hunger

every afternoon I wake
lying there, waiting
where's my escape?
where's my space?

I'm not ready to give in
I'm not ready to give up
I'm not ready to give it all
I'm not ready to give anything

breathe the fire
drink the burn
taste the fog
smell the bloom

playing the part
I kiss my goodbyes
the gods that have stayed
are as dead as the rest

niches are for breakdowns
heavens are for idealists
prison enough
without those fanciful exploits

the holocaust of a life
a secret downfall
amber streams clothe
my perfect imperfections

what do I even say
when life's control is lost
what do I even do
when choices no longer apply

I'm not sure I'm ready
I'm not sure it's right
all I can say for certain
is that the future no longer applies to me

things just don't seem
to go your way
when you don't even know
what the way is


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