The Subtle Flicker of Life

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Confidence is key, as the saying goes. That can be difficult when you don't have faith in your foundation. Still, what options are there but to move forward

Submitted: June 18, 2017

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Submitted: June 18, 2017



The Subtle Flicker of Life



The subtle flicker of life's disdain,

The bell tolls for the vessel in pain.

How long must be the wait for reprieve?

Edging towards the curtain, my essence unweav’d.


Time passes by, consciousness without respite,

No repose, no cessation, no rest, no time.

Still it flickers; vaporous fumes failing despite,

For what? For what, in pursuit of this climb?


Time waits for no man, or so they say,

What then, of our anguish? Of the burdens we bear?

Am I to kneel to a God I do not believe in and pray?

No matter, I'll follow suit, change the mask that I wear.


I wish not for a lighter load to carry,

Only, that in my turmoil I wouldn't worry.

For in life any man can find his ferry,

Lest the road less travelled be very much blurry.


The road has left me unrecognisable and marred,

Blurred vision vignettes into a closed off darkness.

Hope feels hopeless when brought to bear are scars,

And yet, lines never define, so hearken, hearken!


My demons surround me, unshadowed, in charge,

“Fear’s an obstacle”, au contraire, I squirm,

Where will resides, no reward is afforded too large,

So here I stand, my will absolute I affirm.

Here I stand my will absolute, I affirm…



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