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Picture of Sempiternity

By , Mableton, GA
My mosaic-patterned eyes can peer through the stained glass pane
Situated in the tunnel of my unconscious self
Where terrifying elation touches me
In the cavity of my chest which the parson dubbed my heart

It is a view for demons or the brokenhearted:
A restless sea of ash
The crest of each wave a foam of transcribed memories
Those little slips of paper and their age-old messages
Burnt to a crisp by the backstage flame
Which makes the engines of time
Churn in smoky repetition

Eternity, though quite a scholar,
Has no sympathy for reminiscence
Choosing instead to make love with quiet passion
To his darkling mistress, Fate
What a bitter betrayal!

While tumbling down the hill of scorching sand
(Where there is no origin to the downward slope)
Toward the inevitable gateway to Hell's monstrous fires
I grope through the smoke for your hand
Because if I am to be damned
I will have company in the form of your sweaty palm
When I embrace the devil, a grin upon his workman's face

Do not dab the tears from our eyes, always staring as if we were but dolls,
Or wipe off the grins of wet paint from our faces
If the deities shall pack us in a black, leather suitcase
And we round the circle till the circle's end
Better to have these iridescent tears sprinkle the fertile ground
Of what once was
That as we spin, something may grow elsewhere
Again





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Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 22, 2011 at 11:23 am
dont know why you wanna be anonymous captain. we all kow who yo are. this is awesome. you kill me with the vocabulary. it is that i love he last line.
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

My goodness, the Silent Raven does not recall trying to make himself anonymous. Doesn't it know that everyone can see it hiding between the lines?

The last line loves you too, Boosflash.

 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm
oh, but it is that you are anonymo. someone is aspirirng captain. it also that the lines are a little blurry now. perhaps you should come on out...
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm
'Peekaboo!' says the jolly fat man who lives down the street.
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm
hello to allllll my fat little cow children
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm
GrinChuckleSqueal like there's no burden of tomorrow.
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm
you have left me stranded captain. i am seeing a boat but no ocean.
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm
Well, climb aboard and close your eyes. Go mad, perhaps. Anything to make the ocean appear before your eyes.
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm
MUHAHAHAHA. did you notice your little rhyme?
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm
Where, evil-laughing-person?
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 7, 2011 at 8:36 am
eyes and eyes? MUHAHAHAHAH!
 
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