Mad delight...a dark poem


Madness all around as you spin

Lost to the glitter and glamor

Drawn in by the devil’s grin

Your blind steps never falter


Twisted joyful faces flash by

As deeper in you dance

Hysterical laughter and voices raised high

Demons smiling as they prance


Ensnared by sinful pleasure and mad delight

You whirl faster and faster

Away from the safety of the light

In this place of never ending hunger


Screams and desperate pleas

As the devils laugh echoes around

Mocking cruel voices tease

Trapped in the devils playground


You can’t escape as the illusion shatters

Demons hands grasping and tearing

Surrounded on all sides by hideous monsters

There is no point to your frantic begging

Your soul forever caught

Horror replacing pleasure, delight now pain

Bound tight for the bliss you sought

In this hell vile and profane

So let your screams join the chorus

Another lost soul fallen

As they drag you deeper into the darkness

Into the underworld of the demon

© K.A.E Grove

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Oh my, this reminds me of an affair I once had! Mad delight...

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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Quite stirring. Well done.

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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

damn nighthag, that's nasty haha

very dark and hideous

nice work. good rhymes :]

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

very well written

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author


must have been one hell of a love affair, excuse the pun :)

glad you liked it


thank you, It was a little bit of a challenge to write so I appreciate the feedback

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arb 5 years ago from oregon

A wonderful write, nighthag! Sounds like bad love gone badder! voted up!

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wooooo this was scary but the imagery was brilliant.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

Ben, I am so glad that you liked it, coming from a poet such as yourself that means a lot :)


thanks for taking the time to read :) glad you liked it

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

thanks Arb, one of the things I love about poetry is how open it is to interpretation of the reader. I am glad that you liked this, A bad romance would suit it indeed thanks for taking the time to read it and the vote up!

Always exploring

So glad that you liked it, creating the imagery for this poem had me a little frustrated at times, as I wanted to give it a feel of constant movement. so I am very glad that you both liked it and found it a bit scary :)

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Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Feverish, nightmarish. Like a quick roller-coaster ride through hell... hey, wait a minute -- that would make a good indoor roller coaster! Call it the Nighthag Express.

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

like a rollercoaster :) love it!

I was trying hard to create a sense of movement with this so I am thrilled that you found it feverish!

bring on the nighthag express :)

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Little Kim 5 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

Kind of like how a certain entertainer draws me in. The thought of being bad, wonderful!!

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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

WOW! :-))))

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

Little Kim,

I know in this world where everything is governed by the rules of right and wrong, its so nice to play in the dangerous playground, glad you liked it

De Greek,

it always gives me a thirll of pleasure when you like something, your opinion means a lot so I am thrilled that you liked this, thank you!

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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

oooh devilish and scary. this poem is MAD! as is the picture. brought me to a place of deep sin, kinda reminded me of the scene in 300. when the deformed guy went to betray the spartans. he met with the enemy during a very sinful party straight out of hell.

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epigramman 5 years ago

....well no one writes the 'dark' stuff better than you - unless of course you're talking about the epi-man - lol lol - and I only write the dark stuff because you influenced me so - you see I was a pure and innocent choir boy until I met you - lol - and because you excel at this 'dark' genre it took ahold of me like some kind of possession in itself - lol - so I guess it's that old saying - it takes one to know one - and it's someone like you that I really look up to ......

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

Nikkij504gurl ,

Beware of the tempting delights of the devil, I am so thrilled that you liked this, the scene from 300 that you refer to would be a great setting for this poem, thanks for the comparison :)


"Innocent and pure" ah dear sir, being a huge fan of your work, with all the wondrous twists and marvellous turns that your writing takes us all on, I find that hard to believe... lol... But if meeting me corrupts you even more than who am I to stop your dark flow.

thank you as always for a wonderful compliment that again has left me blushing, thank you...

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Midianite 5 years ago from Australia

I really liked the fifth stanza : ) - I enjoy reading your work

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Well at least there is a lot of dancing in Hell. I like to dance, although I don't like to sweat and I believe there is a lot of heat there to. he he.

I will stick with the angels of light and not darkness. I have enough dark in my past to light up the dance floor of Hell.

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author


thanks so much, hard to escape the demons when one is so deep within their world. glad that you liked it :)

Saddlerider, can't say I blame you for not wanting to take to the dance floor of hell, The light of angels certainly sounds more pleasant even if its a little harder to achieve. Thanks for the read :)

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4elements 5 years ago

i thought it was great, you rock!

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you! I am so so glad that You liked it :)

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Stigma31 5 years ago from Kingston, ON

I am with Martie, seems like a unrelentless one night stand. Very well done. I alway love reading your work.I find you very inspiring.

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

thank you, I adore most of your songs that I have read so hearing that you find my work inspiring is a huge compliment thank you. I am so glad that you enjoyed this

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deedeelaw 5 years ago from Deborah's Musings

Words gone mad, very cool. It felt like a nightmare being brought to life. I enjoyed it.

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

thank you! A nightmare brought to life is a fantastic compliment. I am thrilled that you liked this

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jimagain 5 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Very much thought-provoking. Certainly takes the reader on a dizzying ride of seduction and entrapment. A haunting, harrowing tale of a soul trapped.

Curious nomer you chose. A 'night hag' is sometimes related to a hypnogogic experience, the sense of a visitor or presence in the night, sitting on the chest of a person caught somehwere between awake and asleep. Sometimes referred to as 'sleep paralysis'. I've had an experience like that before, which is why I looked it up.

Good writing!

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

I am thrilled that you liked this as well :) some times we should heed the warnings that fill our night mares

the 'night hag' has been around for centuries, a shadowy figure to some, an unseen figure to others, which was one of the reasons I found it such an appealing pen name for my writing that most of the time leans towards the darker themes ... Glad that you found my writing and even happier that you like it, thanks for the visit

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