To Crush A Rose

December 15, 2008
By Peyton Hahn, Cincinnati, OH

You leave me to lie in this pool of roses
The smell sickens my senses
Roses are dead, my heart joins them
Darkness plays with my heart like a puppet
With strings of hate and pain

I pick up a rose
The black cover hides what was once something beautiful
My shadow lurks over who I am
The past won't let me go
So my future can never be bright

Lighting a match, I stare at the rose with a devil's eye
I set the fire and stare at the flame, smiling numbly
The smoke fills my lungs and burns with painful pleasure
I exhale agony
The world absorbs it into an atmosphere of loss and fear

And I lay there in the roses
As I think about what was once us
I'm leaving you behind
So with every word you speak
You give me one more reason to crush a rose

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This article has 4 comments.

AHam said...
on Dec. 31 2008 at 8:49 pm
Really good poem, I especially like all the personification to get your message across. "Darkness plays with my heart like a puppet" -- really effective image!

Danielleeee said...
on Dec. 31 2008 at 2:49 am
once again i am so inspired. awesome job!

Peyton said...
on Dec. 31 2008 at 2:22 am
To Ciera:

Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed it...please do rate!

Ciera said...
on Dec. 25 2008 at 2:15 am
Deep poem....I loved the line "I exhale agony". The last stanza is powerful!


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