Prose - Journey of the Damned

In her mind’s eye she saw God walking towards her
So sure of it she began to give him all the glory
Life to her became a game of lost and found
She believed even though men wrote the story

“Follow me,” she said, “I know the ways of the Lord”
She had chosen her path and now wished to tell
She loved me so much she cried over my soul
She said, “The road you’re on surely leads to hell”

My spirit cries for an answer
But the birds always fly away as the roots dig deeper
They are unsure of branches that sway in the wind
They thirst for the brook of desire damned by the Lord’s keeper

The eyes of the sun rise each day with renewed hope
Tempting me with wide-eyed assurance
In the mind of a zealot there are no more questions
The answers have been chosen for deliverance

The voices of the past continue to haunt our thoughts
Yet the dead remain mute leaving us with our own cries
We read their words and wait for a stillborn prophecy’s birth
As the day ends the sun laughs through our burnt eyes

The floor rises as each page is ripped from the book of life
She silently watches as I open the dam of my own desires
What piper can play two songs when only one can be heard?
We await the decision as we choose the one our heart requires

Can I ever believe
What I cannot see?
Can I ever see
What I cannot hear?
Can I ever hear
What I cannot feel?
Can I ever feel
What I cannot believe?
Should I take my own life
Because I am doomed?
What life is it
That is a journey for the damned?

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V Qisya 5 years ago

Wow, simply awesome, Mark. Such a masterpiece. Thumbs up!

Wish you the best. Take care.

LOL, Verita

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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

I don't know your work well yet--but this piece seems a thinking piece to me--I have reread it several times and it seems to have so many ways to interpret it--the main question that I walk away with is your closing question--well done!

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Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

Wow! Great creative writing. And poetry... my hat is off to you! I look forward to reading more of your work! Voted up and beautiful!

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epigramman 5 years ago

....great writing Mark and a most sincere happy new year to you .....great title too which caught my eye because I thought you were referring to my love life - lol - but no I was wrong - this is deep, soulful and profound - well just like all of your writing ......lake erie time ontario canada 1:20pm will post this great work to my Facebook page with a direct link back here.

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

awesome Mark.. simply awesome and said it very well.we have choices.The Lord gives us free will. but He tells us too the consequences... It's in HIS book of love letter to us.

wonderfully done

I voted up and awesome and beautiful


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

Very deep, profound and thought provoking. I've read it three times and my interpretation changes as I take in a new perspective with each read.

"The voices of the past continue to haunt our thoughts

Yet the dead remain mute leaving us with our own cries"

exceptional verse - as always, great work

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Verita - Thank you again. You are very kind to say these things.

@Audrey - Thank you. Yes it is intended to provoke thought and questions. It can mean more than one thing but I know I had a specific point when it began but as I write sometimes things pop up that have been provoked by a phrase and it can then branch off like a bush...

@Nancy - Thank you for the remarks and for following.

@Epi - Dude. That is so funny about your love life. Have a happy new year yourself and thank you for posting this on your Facebook page and congratulations again for the hubber of the year award. You deserve it.

@Deborah - Thank you again! Yes it is my understanding that the choice is clear as are the consequences. For those who believe it is an easy decision. For those who question there are questions....

@missolive - Thank you! It is VERY gratifying to hear that you read it three times. That tells me all I need to hear; to reach a fellow writer is very pleasing to me. That verse you mention came from the thought of deceased athesists and what if the Christian story were true? Are they yelling and banging on the window for everyone to believe? But nobody comes back from the dead to tell us so we continue to live with questions....

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

Thank you for the additional info The Suburban Poet. This greatly adds to my thoughts on what I read in your poem. I can visualize quite a bit of this as well. The questions of 'where did this line come from?' are interesting conversations in the making - thank you for sharing.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@missolive - Thank you. I guess I have these questions running around in my mind and it's good to hear I'm not the only one! I'm not crazy! Awesome....

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

excellent work

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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@PDX - Thank you!

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