. . .And a Candle Still Burns

Light in huge darkness.

Candle burning up and down, staring at poisoned masses yet uncrowned.
A fool's pity infects their eyes and laughter loud when innocence dies.
Yearning for a lowly crow's forgotten route. Still the candle burns inside and out.
No mask can cover the lies yet to tell, building a Sassafras staircase to the lowest room in hell.

All is gone. All is dust.

Where were once wings above, now darkness feeds the mouths of His doves.
Satin blue, satin new. Can never un-paint, drizzle down the prideful idol that's you.
A sacred sigh, a promise so high, matches the dead sun and leaking dark sky.
The black wolf and raven too, smile at the cosmos they once secretly-ruled.

Gluttons we are.

We sit, we gluttons of lust, eating remainders of good flesh now dust.
Traipsing, dancing idolatry's last dance, crouching, groveling at queen's new prance.
Horses white, horses black, praying and begging just some to come back.
And panther waits at six whore's gates wanting a soul to wander.

Ghosts, babes, serpent's two souls.

Ghosts of babes sighs that muzzle hearts and tear life to dust and falling apart.
Old men, old women ride safely on the cart, they worked, played, and lived their part.
Silently watching the skeleton march and drunkards' tongues wag, wiggle and parch.
A serpent's two souls, with one six-pence at toll, walks willingly to garden's unfold.

One prayer. One hope.

Oh, for a prayer, a hymn to appease, to please His silent, secret will
For snowflakes, hay rakes, and sunshine hours that fill.
She's heard the grave and birthed the cave where fairytales once stayed.
He's made dumb, backbone now numb, just to taste one lowly beggar's crumb.

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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida

This is beautiful poetry, Kenneth. Each one gives us something to think about. Nice job. I'd like to see more of this from you.

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kenneth avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author


I offer you my sincere thanks for your supportive comment.

Things like this only come now and then, not all of the time. I cannot explain this, but when it surfaces, I try to listen.

Thanks again and God bless you my dear friend.

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Doc Snow 19 months ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

I like the emotional quality, the sincerity of these poems!

On a technical note, I wonder if you'd be interested in this approach of mine to original poetry on Hubpages?


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kenneth avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Doc Snow,

Thank you kindly for your comment and time spent reading and analyzing this hub.

When I finish this reply, I will check your link. Thanks.

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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

As always Kenneth, I love your poetry. Each one of these is special and so different from your regular comedic hubs. Voted up. Well done. P.s. You may like to check out my latest hub of jokes, "Just for Kicks.."

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kenneth avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author


First off, thank you kindly and sincerely for your nice comment.

I appreciate it so much. And thanks for the votes.

Oh, you bet that I will check your "kicks" hub for I love comedy.


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Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

Wow! Kenneth, this was very...Great! I mean what else can I say. I wish I could come up with such words and put them together so brilliantly. What a talent! I'm glad I stopped by your page today. :) Voting UP....

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kenneth avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Sunday morning--12:40 cdst

Dearest Missy,

"Thank you, my dear friend. I sincerely, and with all my heart, offer you my innermost feelings of an appreciative soul.

And do not say that you cannot do a certain thing for you can. I know this in my heart.

Thanks again, dear friend. I VALUE and CHERISH your friendship."


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IngridOrtiz 16 months ago from Ann Arbor MI

Effortless beauty in this poem.

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kenneth avery 15 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest IngridOrtiz,

What a beautiful comment. Thank you, my friend. I am considering another one which is more down-home but with a lot of raw edges. I hope you will read that one and I invite you to follow me. I would love that.

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