A Coward's Wish

July 26, 2013
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A stray cat lingers,
Belonging to no one,
Seeking solace,
Greeted with the deadly taste of fear.

A guillotine waits in the empty street.
You, the sun, have yet to shine on its sharp edges.
The moon's eery ballad
Has yet to subside.

A soulful man wakes in a cell,
Trembling with intelligent fear.
He looks up and relishes in the insidious moon,
Hope is bleak in its farewell ballad.

A ghost came forth in the dead of night.
In it I saw the eyes of Robespierre.
The eyes of a rebellious angel;
a devil in angelic form.

Another body staggers through a cemetery,
Meeting his new resting place.
A walk of death to him.
To them, a predestined walk of shame.

We need you;
a storm lay in your absence.
We shall not bid you farewell,
For your memory and greatness
is retained in our hearts.

If you chose to return,
Nature will lean into your presence.
But if you relent and stay hidden,
You will be proved as cowardly as us prisoners.

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StarlitSunrise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm
This is an unusual subject for a poem, but I think you executed (no pun intended) it well. Part of me wonders if all your vivid imagery was truly needed to get the point across, but I suppose that is really up to you, the poet. Nevertheless, I did enjoy reading it. :) Keep writing!
OldYoungOne said...
Aug. 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm
I applaud this poem for its scholarly notes. Is this a note to freedom and revolution or to someone of greater topower asking them to stop the maddness that lays before the coward? I only ask becasue nothing is reallyasked for until the end. I enjoyed the imagery but I think that there should be something in place of the first stanza to draw the reader in.
Mimo7197 replied...
Aug. 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm
This poem basically is calling for an entity to save the French people from the awful conditions and torture during the Reign of Terror. The man is stating that people are cowards and they need someone with courage to stand up to all of this madness. It also questions whether the Reign of Terror should be considered a 'Revolution'.
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