At The End of the Road

At the end of a well known road

it sits in black and white,

its kindred gloss the sides

in chromatic glory.

An empty house its once

verdant pride now lies arid, bare, and bitter.

Sun bleached white, sightless

skull staring out at life beyond its border,

while dim memories ghost through

hazy halls a shutter opens and closes with the wind,

beating a Steady staccato of loneliness.

An old tire hangs dolefully from a stark

tree limb, the faint laughter of children floats over the fence.

Inky clouds gather and the sky growls.

The decaying wind howls through the yard,

through the old cracks,

and ruffles the vulture’s feathers,

perched above, eye gleaming.


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mkrandhawa 5 years ago from India

Great Poetry CM


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CM Sullivan 5 years ago from California Author

Thank you MK, you as well,:)


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Very evocative.


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opusmith 5 years ago

I can see this as a verse leading into an eerie tale of wrongdoing and felt I needed to read more as it neared the end. I can envisage all sorts from your description of the house at the end of the well know road. I liked it.


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I'll wait till the twilight and climb inside,

Just to spook some old ghosts and run, satisfied =)


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CM Sullivan 4 years ago from California Author

@BeyondMax: ;)


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia

CM Sullivan: I love the way you described an empty house. There is no more love to fill it; it's been stripped of its soul. I voted this up and awesome.


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CM Sullivan 4 years ago from California Author

Thank you so much E! It can even describe more than an empty house...;)


ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

You have The Gift. You should be writing more. What are you waiting for?


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CM Sullivan 4 years ago from California Author

thank you Exotic, that really means something coming from you! I haave had writer's block for quite a while now and really busy as well so...actually I am putting something on here soon called Writer's Block. ;)


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Jennuhlee 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Wow this is fantastic writing. I know no one else that could have created such beauty from an old empty house. Such a talent you have, this is absolutely stunning I love how humanistic you make it, damn. It's just truly a work of art.


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CM Sullivan 4 years ago from California Author

Thank you for such an awesome comment Jennuh! I have a hard time with poetry so it is so cool to me that people like you and others who are good at it like it so much.


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the pink umbrella 4 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

Writers block sucks. I get it alot usually after about six good ones then whamo...hello blank screen. Shes right though you have a gift.


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CM Sullivan 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks Pink, I probably don't have a gift since it takes me like 5 hours to write a poem! lol. I don't even usually write poetry, I just decided to try an write some a while back. Maybe I should try and write more. I don't know what is up with my blockage, but hubpages is kind of like writer's Ex-Lax for it because I'm getting a lot more done lately. I hope you don't get it too often because I love your stuff and I still have a few more of your hubs to look at!

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