Dark Hollow

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Follow that dark hollow;

That timeless void

Deeper than a dungeon

Where murky waters churn.

Above creepy corpses,

Swims that ancient clock-smith;

That vicious snake 

Disturbs your slumber;

Doubles your fear.





Births drown in a pool of deaths

Trade sighs for screams.

Games for guns. 

Tweets for troubles.

Vanities at dawn tarnish at dusk. 

Dollars and diamonds and daily routines

Float in battlefields of truth.

Greed no mansion surrenders.

No shack seeks.

No world survives those bones of yesteryears 

Unless bridges heal.

Leaders hug.

Lovers dance on sunken ships

And sprout their toothy grins.

While hi-fives breach moonlit depths,

Voices from the sea

Beg young and old,

“Find your boat.

Set your sail.”

Paddle fast and fierce. 

Wild and free.

Rage those waves.

Their ghoulish fingers 

Knock you overboard.

Climb back in;

Wet and weary,

Soldier the storm

Before that clock-smith strikes.

One moment

Or another,

Follow that dark hollow. 



Submitted: June 26, 2018

© Copyright 2022 Joy Shaw. All rights reserved.

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I am so feeling this Joy, very nice!

Love and Hugs,

Tue, June 26th, 2018 1:02am


Thank you, Kemy!

Mon, June 25th, 2018 6:22pm


I'm from a spanish speaking country and this peom explain exactly why I Learnd English, I don't know why. Congrats to you for this masterpiece. I am gonna have it in my heart forever.

Tue, June 26th, 2018 3:38am


Why thank you, Mirndres. Glad you enjoyed it. I think you may also enjoy my short story, Lenora’s Landing. Have a wonderful day.

Mon, June 25th, 2018 9:05pm


Fantastic poem, Joy! Impressive work.

Tue, June 26th, 2018 2:06pm


Thanks, Jay.

Tue, June 26th, 2018 7:55am

Sue Harris

Wow, this is so powerful with a such a strong message... sail that boat and ride the storm. Fantastic!

Tue, June 26th, 2018 6:23pm


Thank you for reading, Sue!

Tue, June 26th, 2018 5:58pm


A powerful poem. All the troubles that can pull us under are here, but so is a boat, of hope, I guess. One that might allow us to struggle on without drowning. Your words paint many different pictures in this until the final one, of weary and wet, hauled back into the boat and sailing once again. Excellent work, Joy.

Tue, June 26th, 2018 8:39pm


Thank you for reading, Hully. And for your review! Have a blessed day.

Tue, June 26th, 2018 6:01pm

Melancholic Wisdom

A powerful write, you capture the feelings of overwhelming despair. Exactly how it feels to be in a living nightmare, but it does end on a hopeful note, which I like because there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Well done!

Sun, July 29th, 2018 9:22pm


Why thank you, Mel! Appreciate you reading and then commenting.

Sun, July 29th, 2018 3:58pm


An intense poem. I like it alot.

Fri, October 12th, 2018 10:48pm


Thank you!

Fri, October 12th, 2018 3:49pm

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