After Darkness

After darkness, day must break. And after
unremitting sorrow, can come laughter,

a burst of sweet relief mixed in with tears,
the salt of joy, the last unfounded fears

of living swept away, a world reborn.
Where night had strung an ornament of thorns,

hope halos lustrous, pentecostal, from
a dusk made glorious summer by the sun.

And though I know that I still hold within
the human stain of these immortal sins,

I know that what is broken will be whole,
that time will be the healer of my soul,

that faith renewed will shape the life I make.
I know that after darkness, day must break.


  1. A standalone poem; but also the fifteenth and final poem in the vampire sonnet cycle, which together tell one story.

    The preceding sonnets are 'The First Deadly Sin', 'When I Die', 'The Second Deadly Sin', 'The Poison Works', 'The Third Deadly Sin', 'You Have Not Destroyed Me', 'The Fourth Deadly Sin', 'And I Rise', 'The Fifth Deadly Sin', 'The Labyrinthine Ways', 'The Sixth Deadly Sin', 'Deeper the Wound', 'The Seventh Deadly Sin' and 'Burn'. Click 'V' above for the full cycle.

    Each 'Deadly Sin' poem is from the perspective of the vampire, and each poem after is from the perspective of his victim, in response.

    The full sonnet cycle is complete, and now has a name: "The Immortal Sins". Thank you for joining me on this journey.

  2. I enjoyed this read. Thanks for sharing your work.

  3. I think I may have to update my favourites page Sam. Simply beautiful couplets and so smoothly used. The 3rd and 4th are luxurious.Really amazing words. A pleasure to have met them. Ian

  4. Anonymous7:49:00 PM

    very lovely poem

  5. This should be read by those people who are still in the dark...

    "a burst of sweet relief mixed in with tears,
    the salt of joy, the last unfounded fears"

    --So poignant!

  6. Anonymous9:32:00 AM

    Being brought up on happy endings; this poem lightens the burden for me. :) Yes! There is an enchanted land beyond the sting of manmade horrors :) ~ Thank you for the brilliance.
    38 Harmony


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