Darkness takes its seat

Darkness takes its seat at my table
The places are neatly set
Despite Darkness’s glowering gaze
I rally some conviction yet
I tell it that it needs to leave
That there’s really no place for it here
It smiles with its sickly smile
And tells me to pass the peas
I pick up the ceramic bowl of peas
And set my jaw line straight
This imposter has laid the last straw down
Upon my already handsome weight
“You despicable thing” I say to Darkness
“You really think you can win?
Pack your bags and leave straight away,
Before my Wrath comes in.”
Darkness looks me up and down
Trying to call my bluff
I sit with steady eyes ablaze
And sip calmly from my cup
Just then a deafening noise occurs
Like the cracking of a whip
I turn my head in time to see
My mighty Wrath enter in
“You know not who you have messed with” he says
“You’ll be sorry that you stayed”
And with those words he flies at Darkness
Without a second’s delay
He grabs its neck and grips it tight
Darkness’s face it turns to red
“Please let me go” he feebly croaks
“And show me mercy instead”
Wrath laughs out loud, a glorious sound,
And keeps his hold locked tight
“Why should I show you mercy, you pathetic thing
When you came here to destroy our life”
With that he grabs in one swift move
His sword out of its sheath
He plunges it into Darkness’s neck
And Darkness crumples to its feet

Long after Darkness’s breath has ceased
I sit with morose eyes
Shouldn’t I be celebrating this feat
Of Darkness’s demise?
I know I should be overcome with joy
And breathe a long sigh of relief
Instead I sit with heavy heart
At this recent victorious defeat
See even though Darkness has been slain
No peace to me this brings
For Darkness entered my heart long ago
And has sprouted its own wings
Darkness resides within me now
It hides just under my skin
And try as I might to banish it
Darkness lives on within. *


* Thank you Wee Gee for encouraging me with my poems. That is something I can keep doing.

** Artist credit: The Dark Side Art: David Ho


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One response to “Darkness takes its seat

  1. This was quite the piece. It shows clearly something that each of us fears on the inside, that even though we want to believe we’ve slain the darkness, maybe it’s too late, maybe it’s already assimilated into our consciousness. Very, very good poem.

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