You Turn the Screw

Exercise in Futility

Sense of entitlement enters the room

Air of superiority, the hell with you

Cause and effect, nothing can bloom

Crash and burn, you turn the screw

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Illness your weapon, hand me the broom

Pass on the dirt, the hell with you

My live now no life, only your doom

Crash and burn, you turn the screw

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Hope by the light of the silvery moon

Bad moon arising, the hell with you

Mirroring you, a descent into gloom

Crash and burn, you turn the screw

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Salvation my prayer must come soon

Darwin approves, the hell with you

Survival, the fittest, the task does loom

Crash and burn, you turn the screw

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Compassion is cruel when not in tune

Demands without end, the hell with you

Free as the dish ran away with the spoon

I breathe; you no longer turn the screw

With some, it's always a bad moon rising

19 comments

Sophia Angelique 6 years ago

Brilliant! Brilliant! Totally Brilliant!!!


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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sophia, you have a beautiful name. Thank you for commenting on this poem. I was worried because I was angry when I wrote it. That does not diminish the fact that it is truthful...anger is the force that motivates blunt honesty in me. Thank you for your feedback. It feeds my soul and spurns me onward.


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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

I wish everyone who was angry would channel it into prose like you have. I hope writing this piece offered you some release from your frustration. I love this poem.


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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

It gave me tremendous release, A.A. I, literally, felt it fly off of my shoulders and did not feel the need to fly away. Thank you for your words.


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epigramman 6 years ago

..well Amy you're kicking some serious poetic butt with this venomous tirade and you have transfomed it into what artful dreams are made of!!!! I always like how you repeat the last line in every stanza as if you were writing a song lyric - and although it's one helluva ride you're putting your readers through - the aesthetic rewards are heavenly!!!!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Let's get shed of that screw turner. God bless Amy. I love CCR too!


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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

My life has become an open book...and it's not a mystery! I need to paint a serene picture or end up in a padded room. Writing is a drug for all of my off kilter emotions. Thanks for always jumpin' on board, Epi. Your support gives me courage.

Micky Dee, I'm wearing my pointy-toed shit kickers, but I'm still smiling! Thanks for your comments. You made me laugh...and that's always good. God bless Mickey Dee


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Amy, dear - if you need any help ridding yourself of that evil manipulator, just give me a call. Dracula and I will be happy to handle the situation and introduce him to a gigantic, genuine screw - with a blunt end! :)


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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I hope you are always on my side, dear drbj! A person can be driven to desperate means. You're humor has defused my anger. I always appreciate your writing, be it a poetic commentary or your brilliant hubs.


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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

The thumb screws? Yes each turn of the screw is torture for sure but wonderful souls like you will find a way to loosen those screws and level the playing field. You have much to give, much to share in your wonderful writings. Voting up and up and up!


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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, BobbiRant, for your fabulous commentary. I think you are much brighter and more savvy about a lot of things than I. I really agonize over certain situations that smarter people are able to diffuse before it reaches critical mass. I am aware that as this discernable pattern consistently emerges, the problem is with me. I have been an enabler and allowed "takers" and manipulators to play me, causing great harm to myself, both physically and emotionally. But, even knowing it, I have been ineffective in protecting myself. I vow here to give myself permission to disengage and take care of myself. Thanks for the support and vote of confidence!


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vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

I'm so glad you got rid of that screw turner and are finding your Piece. It's sometimes hard but the rewards are great to find the Peace and Happiness we deserve in life. God Bless my dear friend. My happiness follow you the rest of your life.


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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I left an unfulfilling marriage in order to live my life in my way, and I have been more bound up now than I ever was before...Sometimes I think peace is just not in the cards for me. However, maybe peace just isn't intended for the living. It is elusive here on earth and when it's given, it's in a hope or a prayer. Maybe that's Heaven...Thank you vietnamvet68 for your support and continuous good wishes.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

What strength, what power in your words! Wiser for it I am more than certain. You are special! Thank you! Excellent hub!


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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I'm not sure that I am any wiser for the experience, pennyofheaven. I saw it and continued to doubt my gut, thinking and worrying that I was the selfish one. Well, I don't think any of that now, so I think you're right, I am wiser. Thank you for pointing that out! You are special!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I need to spend more time listening, and less time talking, less I speak smarter. Translated, I need to spend more time reading and less time writing, less I write better. Amy, you've got something special going on girl. Remind me to tell you the story about the Rhino and the Cow sometime.

jim

jim


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sounds like an interesting combo, the Rhino and the Cow, wow. Thank you for your comments of encouragement, Jim. It feeds me and drives me on.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Amy - You have brought forth so may truths in this magnificent writing. "Compassion is cruel when not in tune Demands without end, the hell with you". . .Amy, your anger becomes a channel for your poetic talent. We can all learn from you, beautiful Amy.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Lovely vocalcoach, only you could make my ugly tirade sound noble. But, I suppose it suffices as my form of anger management! I remember my blood pressure raging and the fact I could not sleep after the incident that precipitated this rant. My anger, though, served me well in putting the source of my rage out of my life once and for all. Thank you for your kindness, my friend.

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