Closet Barbarian

I am an old, distrustful warrior

Learning to find goodness

In former enemies

Or potential property

“So evolved”

They say

Yet I know

I am a barbarian

Dismembering my enemies


No one


More violent

Than me

When I let a small thing like the gravity

Of a full moon

On the other side of the Earth pull me

Pull the curtain aside

On my true barbaric side

The animal that I am revealed

I beg you forgive me

I came to experience

Humiliation and pride

Anger and violence and servitude

I have come to accept

That the cost of my learning

Might be love

What did you come to experience?

I will forgive you for it

In a moment

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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

A frightful glimpse into the dark side of human nature a la Edgar Allan Poe!

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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Wow! very revealing and powerful. What's funny is the title drew me in, I didn't even bother reading the intro in the email. I was not disappointed.

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