Sometimes it just feels hopeless...the world can be cruel; it strips you bear and steals your very being leaving an empty shell to wander alone through the dark corridors of existence.

Never knowing who he was; he spent his life being told

An exquisite actor, psychotic liar; he became emotionally cold

He stalks between the masses, adapting to the flow

Charming and deceiving, he has no friend or foe


Twisted by a demon, this reality called life

His soul was torn asunder; surrendered to the strife

Emptied by the struggle, his well of tears has dried

A rhythmic stabbing of his heart, there’s nowhere he can hide


Born into a bondage, chained inside a cell

Beaten, tortured, stripped of will, force-fed a living hell

He screams a silent plea, into the shadows of the night

Yet only silence greets him, no answer from the light


Innocence is lost; thrown to the gnashing jaws

They tear away his flesh without a need or cause

Feeding on his body; they gorge themselves on dreams

His very blood spilled on the floor, soaking up his screams

Submitted: May 09, 2016

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OMG I love this!! Great execution!

Mon, May 9th, 2016 9:37am


Thanks for the feedback, glad you enjoyed the poem. I will have a look through some of your work this evening and return the favour. Feel free to browse through the rest my work; I deal with a variety of subject matter :)

Mon, May 9th, 2016 2:56am

Jeff Bezaire

Very dark - a lot of feel to this. The agony is palpable.
Great flow and it's been so long since I've seen the word 'gnash' - good use!

Mon, May 9th, 2016 3:27pm


Thanks again for all the feedback Jeff, much appreciated. Yeah...I agree on the word "gnash", doesn't get enough press; it's such a descriptive word, the qualities it describes are so evident in the pronunciation of the word. Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment. I must say I've been a bit overloaded at work and it has been difficult to do any reading and feedback from my side so I am hoping to return the favour as soon as I possibly can. Have a great day ahead :)

Mon, May 9th, 2016 11:30pm

Fantasy lady

Brilliant stuff. . I can relate so much to it. You are such an amazing writer.

Mon, May 9th, 2016 4:24pm


Thank you for your comments and compliments, I value your input and insight as always. :)

Mon, May 9th, 2016 11:31pm

Ever A. Darling

That last stanza was perfect. Loved it. So gripping, and chilling. Amazing job, love.

Mon, May 9th, 2016 6:34pm


Thank you for the comments, I really appreciate it. This poem seems to be getting a lot of positive comments which means I am on the right track. I like what you have done with your new profile page, it looks amazing! I am hoping to get around to reading some of your new work following the recent changes in your life. Keep an eye out for some comments in the near future. As always, thank you for taking the time to read and comment, it makes such a difference to me. Have a great day ahead :)

Mon, May 9th, 2016 11:36pm

H. Adams

Such effortless flow. Truly a masterful write, as the rest have said. I should be keeping better tabs on your poetry! Your words seem to be very worth my time. Well wrought, Christopher! :)

Mon, May 9th, 2016 10:22pm


Thanks so much for the valuable feedback and compliments, they do mean a lot to me. Glad to be more active online lately; I went through a patch for a few weeks where I just couldn't find the time. I will make a concerted effort to read more of your work in the coming days as well. :)

Mon, May 9th, 2016 11:27pm

Keke Serene

This is depressing as hell but

It's wonderful writing, holy crap! :D
The last block (I wouldn't really say stanza because it's like, four stanzas) is especially chilling, with marvelous imagery.
Well done!!
Though I hope the daily grind hasn't inspired this---....!? Though society can be quite insidious.

Fri, May 20th, 2016 1:59pm


This. Is. Awesome. Very different to what you got me used to, but I love it. Very dark and so well executed. It grabbed me by the throat and I loved every minute! Really amazing! Thanks for sharing! ;)

Sun, May 22nd, 2016 6:28pm


Hi there Chloe, thanks again for the positive feedback. This is fast becoming my best work so far in this particular genre. Appreciate the comments and insights, especially how it makes you feel; that's always important to me, that my work invokes some emotional response. Have a great day ahead :)

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 3:02am

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