The Ruse

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


An elegant dance, a gallant fight, who will win?

Submitted: July 13, 2018

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The Ruse

 

I feel I’ve been fighting a million years

Under the ruse of a pacifist.

 

Suffering is tolerated for the sake of living;

Living is tolerated for the sake of others

In the world in which I thrive.

Any truths behind the smile,

The reflex,

The Façade,

Is shrouded.

Only a downy pillow brings cotton comfort

Until the light brings forth another day.

 

I feel I’ve been fighting a million years

Under the ruse of a pacifist.

 

Black,

White,

Dark,

Light,

There is no between

Under the influence of two extremes.

What’s real is the present,

What was, only falsity;

The future: a gross inaccuracy.

What words go where,

What feelings should be felt,

What thoughts embraced

When meanings change with the tide?

 

 

I feel I’ve been fighting a million years

Under the ruse of a pacifist.

 

He descends,

My most worthy opponent,

Arms extended,

And I cower

As any rational being would.

Light cannot pass through the absence of itself;

I cannot soothe the shell of myself.

Relinquish control, I do;

Resume authority, he does;

And we dance the devil’s dance with experienced precision.

We are one and I am none;

He is I

 And I am a memory.

 

I know I’ve been fighting a million years

Under the ruse of a pacifist

Because my smile manipulates the world’s beliefs.

She’s laughing: she’s fine;

She’s joking: she’s fine.

I will joke no longer,

Laugh no longer,

Because he hates the sound of joy

And I hate the burden of deceit.

 

Reality cannot be grasped

By the slippery hands

Of a ghost.

 

I’ve fought for a million years

With the shadows in my head;

They have no use for a pacifist.

 

Neither do I.


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