Sea of Negativity

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I am sparkly and effervescent
Light radiates from my core and dances about me
I am positive and glowing and joyous
Love drips from me like perspiration

You are dark and cynical
The blackness oozes and puddles around your feet
In a rage you shake like a wet dog
Beads of despair splatter across me

Your Depression grows and spreads across the floor
Hopelessness drips from the black box in the armoire
Fear wafts up like smoke from the papers piled in the corner
Outside the drone of desolation rattles the windows

I stand on a chair as the inkiness fills the room
The cold of it crawls between my toes and climbs up my legs
My light flickers, I force a smile and look to the heavens
I am a tiny candle in a sea of negativity

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Christoph Reilly profile image

Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Is this about me?


Randy Behavior profile image

Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

God no!


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MellasViews 7 years ago from Earth

me?

lol.

J/P. This was a nice descriptive poem- even if its not about me. hehe.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Mellas, what does J/P mean? Its only about you if you are part of the gloom and doom division of planet earth. But I'm thinking you belong in the fun and frivolity department.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Get away from the bums!


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

beautiful words - RB - altho it seems in these words that you are not currently holding out too much hope for change..

"I am a tiny candle in a sea of negativity" particularly in the dark over light/black versus white departments or could it be a reference to the age old fight as in the story of David and Goliath? that good/hope/positivity will win in the end....

"outside the drone of desolation"  seems to starkley highlight a lonely person...

thanks for these words....cheers


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

C.C., were it so easy.

ajcor, sometimes even little miss sunshine gets swallowed up. Not one of my happier poems. but if it was I wouldn't have to publish it under my alter ego.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

I step down and tip toe through black ooze ankle deep

Sucking at my spike heeled sneakers as I cross the room

On the welcome mat I shake myself free of your maiaise

In heaven's sunshine your mood melts away like black snow

As I walk away I see the beauty of this world

And realize so much of it is fine without you

(If I am not too presumptuous.  If so, please deny ;0) )


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

No Tom, not presumptuous. You give me hope :) "I shake myself free of your malaise" I like that!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I thought Tom wrote: "Shake myself free of your mayonaisse." I love mayonaisse!

What a relief to know I am not the purveyer of doom and gloom I secretly suspect myself to be. Having been goofing around before, this is really a powerful poem and details the struggle we all feel in trying to maintain a positive outlook during trying times.

Peace, to you.


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

ah ha RB...

@ Tom - great poem - there is always hope...


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

I think Randy would be GREAT with mayonaisse!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Chris there are so many people preaching gloom and doom out in the world right now. You go home to get respite, but its worse there. All of your happy places are slowly taken away until there is nothing left besides whats in your head...


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

Your head and your heart. When the world will not sustain us, we sustain ourselves.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Indeed Tom.


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Florida Keys 7 years ago from Jewfish Key Florida

Tom, I'd prefer Randy with honey. Life's too short to be sad RB......actually my initials....Randy Broach...and good advice for myself and all.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Randy if I get to vote, I'd rather be covered in honey!

I'm usually a rise above it, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, kinda girl but there are melancholy days.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

Hey, the mayonaisse was not my idea. But when somebody who shall remain nameless (Christoph) brought it up, I said, what the hell! But I've really always been a whipped cream man, myself.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Beautiful and sad poem. I can identify and understand the feeling here, but I'm at a loss for words except to say that there is always hope no matter what the circumstances or situation is. Always. During times like that, the only thing we can do is look for other candles that help light the way.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I have to agree with my friend Pam (and Tom - about whipped cream). Humans are inherently adaptive to changing circumstances. New candles will light for you and you will follow them.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Pam & everyone, O.K. so a new image is forming in my mind:

little candles adrift in a sea of negativity

tiny spots of love and light floating, searching

they are attracted to each other like moths to a flame

and when they join together their fire intensifies

their joy grows, and an inferno replaces the flicker

the black tide recedes in fear

And I am there, an indiscernable luminicense in a new sea of light

THANKS FOR ALL THE HUB LOVE!!

 


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

an inferno of light and love - sounds good to me..go well RB!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Awwwe, thanks Ajcor.


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Florida Keys 7 years ago from Jewfish Key Florida

Tom....the whipped cream doesn't last long enough.....I'm gonna stick with the honey......takes a lot of licking and keeps on stickin........wooooooooo


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

That's a beautiful image Randy! A sea of flickering candles uniting. I love it. :)


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Its hard to be sullen around here Pam when everyone's so inspiring! (and sticky Florida.)


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

What a "physical" poem! You put me in the room and on the chair. When the black ink seeped between my toes, I climbed up the wall. I'm still trying to get out the window!!!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Laughing Mom, if you get the window open pull me after you!


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Gotcha! Can you tell me how the silly lock thingy works? My "Spidey-Man" powers are quickly fading!


Amy G 7 years ago

I'm still stuck on the ink on the toes thing... OCD is a powerful thing, and my toes are curled up in horror of it all! How DARE negativity make such a friggin mess!!!! OMG, I have to go clean something!!!

Love the poem, though! I might have thought that I was the negativity, but it would be more like a wiped - clean bottle of ink with a tight lid, following you around with windex to wipe away your cheerfulness. J/K! It really was a great description!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Gosh Amy G, I didn't realize I never answered your comment. Wish I had OCD, if that means I'd have a clean house.

I still don't know what J/K means though.


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

For you blondes...it means Just Kidding

Hope you had a nice Easter.


jjrubio 7 years ago

this was so beautiful and descriptive...Loved your symbolism and outlook on the way the world is and your place in it....it was deep!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

R.B. What makes you think I'm blonde? I'm home alone having a different but enjoyable Easter, thanks. Hope you had a nice lunch.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thank you so much jjrubio! I really appreciate your comment.


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

I had a great sday with my dad RB...he's getting old....never know when it'll be the last time ...you know what I mean.

About the blonde thing...I was J/K....or was I?


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Lgali 7 years ago

Randy, very nicely written again


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Lgali I was waiting for you to come by, thank you so much!


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kea 7 years ago

Great writing! You're not the only candle :)

As for the condiment conversation, I think caramel is best!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks Kea! My light is shining a little brighter as of late. All the hub love helps.

Not much of a caramel girl, but as long as I'm the feast and not the feaster I guess it doesn't matter.


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MellasViews 7 years ago from Earth

oh J/P means just playing. : )


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks Mella. I need to take notes on all these initials, just kidding, just playing, rolling on the floor...


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

ROTFLOLPIMP

Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud Peeing In MY Pants


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Leave it to you to get a pimp in there!


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

At your Service


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

I beat upon the walls that close around me

I claw the darkness, desperate for a glimmer

The light is gone

The crushing night surrounds me

Despair alone is my companion

I know the light is out there somewhere

I glimpsed it once when I was young

They have hidden it

in fearful places far from hope

and turned my soul to stone


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

A soul turned to stone sounds so permanent. I'm an eternal optimist. I know the light is there.

Thanks for the awesome comment. :)

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