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A Bitter Sweet Scene

Updated on August 9, 2011

This is something I have never done. I don't quite know how to describe it, honestly. It begins as one poem, and branches out into two. They are both separate, yet they also combine into one. This is just my mind wandering and exploring. 




A bitter scene                                 Abyss reminiscent,

   Glazed,                                                illuminated by 

painted scarlet                               flickering flame

   with undertones                             bleeding shadows

of onyx                                               so aesthetically vivid


Born into the ashes    ~                         ~   to ashes, dust to dust 

  Exist, as life passes    ~                    ~   wealthy, rich, and robust 

Begin, rendered sightless    ~               ~    features hidden from view

   Expiration, lifeless    ~                   ~    heartbeats beaten, very few

Terminally ill-advised    ~                     ~  patients awaiting death

  Placed adjacent to demise    ~              ~   running very low on breath 

Doorways leading nowhere fast   ~       ~  one rabbit hole is opened

  Destination reached at last    ~             ~   a sleeping beast awakened 


A sweet chapter                              Lacking in light

   Frosted,                                                Charred, cold collisions of

brushed in crimson                        tones, tints, and shades

   with backgrounds                             invoking midnight mirages 

of absence                                         and the darkest of illusions  

© copyright Ben D.A 2011


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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      umbrella look me up on facebook "Benjamin David"

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      the pink umbrella 6 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      havnt talked to you in a while, how are you

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      the pink umbrella 7 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      hey benny boy, love this.

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      Midianite 7 years ago from Australia

      Hey man, that's pretty cool. I've never even considered writing like that, it's almost like 4 poems in one. That's something I'll have to try one day.

      For your first time doing it, you did it terrifically.

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      jessica - that's very nice of you :] thanks a lot !

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      jessica.written. 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      you have a way with your words. It didnt matter which stanza was after the next because your words flowed so well together.

      wish i had a plethora of vocabulary at my disposal, as you so clearly do.


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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Saddle - that means a great deal to me! Da Vinci? WOW! I appreciate that very much, glad you read this and feel that way. If you truly feel that way, then maybe I have a future in this.

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Ben you write like your a magician of allusion, you take a vocabulary and put them into a blender and what comes out is a cocktail of pure genius.

      You are a very emotional, descriptive and mindful writer. You can take a dream and breath life into it like a Da Vinci. I am very impressed with your work. Bravo, applause, well done.

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      nighthag - I remember you left me my first fanmail. speaking of how you love dark poetry ;]

      hope i never disappoint hehe

      Thanks sooo much for your comments

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      this was a wonderful artistic piece that is again beautifully layered, your style of writing is very very intriguing and I find every visit here leaves me more and more in awe of your skill

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Epi da man!!

      How nice to see you on this hub :D

      "No one writes quite like you" is the best thing you could ever tell me.

      Thank you for your undying support and amusing comments, you are one of the great ones that got me started.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ......awesome mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn............and no one writes quite like you - and you even used one of my favorite words here in the title - bitter sweet .... you are da bomb ... poetic bomb that is - and a talent just out of this world!!!!!!

      Nice to see the lovely erthfriend here too!

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Haha, thank you Doug. It was an experiment, really...but I really like the way it turned out. Yes, it does take a little extra work to read this. It follows a couple different paths. But I do think if you take some time to analyze it, it becomes extraordinary.

      However, I completely understand your view, because generally when I read someone's poetry, I am drawn to more simple, manageable styles.

      I am drawn to strong, emotional poetry that doesn't overdo the vocabulary or force the rhyming too much.

      This piece just turned out...interesting. haha

      Thanks very much for the comment

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      Doug Turner Jr. 7 years ago

      Ben, I'm really impressed with your words. You paint pictures, bare emotions, and perform verbal gymnastics. I know you'll keep that creative floodgate wide open.

      But, as a purist, this great poem would have done more for me if it was arranged in a standard linear fashion. It's just how I roll. Maybe this new style will make you the most famous poet in the world, who knows. Just my opinion. Keep up the great work.

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Thanks Elizabeth! I am sooo happy from the responses to this one :D

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      Elizabeth99 7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Awesome new format, I really like the idea and you did an amazing job, I love how they both tied together--seamlessly too, yet both their very own. :)

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Erthfrend - your flattery overwhelms me!! *blushing*

      I truly hope your reaction is as strong as it seems, because compliments can be so easily tossed around.

      thanks very much

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      erthfrend 7 years ago from Florida

      Im blown away here! This was almost like a challenge, a very welcomed one for me. It does seem to all work together different ways which is just amazing. Very captivating, every word, every line kept my mind drawn in, deep with concentration. Fascinating, awesome!!!

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      yeah!! I love that.

      Thanks bro.

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      Justin Aptaker 7 years ago from United States

      Very nice how that all works and flows. Especially how the middle section can be read straight down on either side, or all the way across as one poem.

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      SilverGenes - I was rather shocked at how well the pieces fit together, considering the way I wrote that. I really REALLY appreciate your feedback. Thank you!

      Randy - Thanks as always, I really was playing with them last night, and I had fun with it ;]

      Nikki - Yeah I wasn't sure if people would be able to follow it the way I intended them to, but I'm glad you figured it out, thank you :]

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      Nikki Wicked 7 years ago from Louisiana

      had some trouble figuring out how to read it at first but it comes together nicely. brilliantly done. yu describe things so well. nice use of words and color. it paints a bitter sweet scene indeed. :)

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      Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I think its great that you are playing with form. Words are toys, use them :) "A sweet chapter, frosted" really like that.

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      Ben, your imagery creates for me a perfect balance of both sides of the coin and the way you have constructed this piece is VERY creative. You have many levels of thought going on here at the same time and the thoughts work like a crossword puzzle - and such is life. Awesome job!

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Phoenix - wow, that's flattering!! This one was really quite complex, and i wanted to describe colors, and vivid detail, which is something I rarely do. Thank you :]

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      BenWritings 7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Seenbutnotheard - that's GREAT, I wasn't sure how people would take this one, or if it would make sense, THANKS :]

      Mentalist - gracias senior, for supporting and commenting much of my work

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      Poohgranma 7 years ago from On the edge

      Where do all of these eloquent phrases come from? My mind never activates to this level. Amazing!

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      As this poetry does,you've brought the darkest of illusion into the light of prominent literature.;)

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      SeenButNotHeard 7 years ago from Michigan

      This is much more that a fascinating vocabulary lol It's quite interesting in the fact that I've read it it so many sequences I'm not sure which order they are supposed to go in, but they all make sense to me lol


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