The Poison Works


The poison works, like an intravenous
Rohypnol drip, snaking its insidious

track from my heart through the capillaries
of my lips, my hands, my extremities.

Thus am I shackled to this fever dream,
unable to move but condemned to feel

through this, the solitary cell that is
my flesh - to feel each touch, each vagrant kiss,

each savage violation, as you brand
my skin with crosses of fire. Hope is drained

from me like blood; faded hope, for when
this unrelenting purgatory ends,

when my inviolate spirit leaves all this
behind, this shell, this fragile chrysalis.
.....

9 comments:

  1. Written as a standalone poem in its own right. But also fourth in the continuing vampire cycle - 'The First Deadly Sin', 'When I Die', and 'The Second Deadly Sin'. The voices alternate between poems like a call-and-response, first the vampire, then the victim.

    I don't have a title for the whole series yet, except 'V', which is just a label really. If you think of a good series title, let me know. Click the label 'V' above to access the series.

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  2. I'm not good with titles, keep 'V' until you come up with one you really like.

    Thanks for writing, it's such a pleasure reading your work! :)

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  3. Particularly love the image of this line

    "like an intravenous
    Rohypnol drip, snaking its insidious

    track from my heart through the capillaries
    of my lips"

    Not intense at all, just solid.

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  4. Gren-Hilda9:42:00 AM

    The thing about poetry is that it touches chords you could never imagine. "Thus am I shackled to this fever dream,
    unable to move but condemned to feel"
    The reason that your poetry is good that it is real.

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  5. From my point of view, it's an incredible experience writing this cycle, I am mining hidden ore inside me that I didn't know existed. Thanks for sharing the journey!

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  6. This is a really really great piece, vivid imagery but still very mysterious.

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  7. All I can really say is that I agree with Gren-Hilda when they state that your poetry is 'good because it is real'.

    And the thing I love the most is that no matter the topic/theme you manage to continue to write so descriptively and involvingly; allowing your readers to feel the words, not just read them.

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  8. I just came up with an interesting story in the vampire ecosystem I created for 'V', but outside the current storyline. Have to figure out what to do with it. Hmmm.

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  9. My top dog pick, so far, among your poems I've read here. The fluidity, the word choice, the imagery. Each line is packed; that alone can make me giddy about a poem. The non-overwhelming rhyme is a great bonus. ;)

    Can't wait to hear of the finalized series title. Ooh, the suspense, man! It chokes! (grin) By the way, "V" makes me think of Vendetta (referring to the 2005 bald-Natalie-Portman film).

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