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A Strange Haunting

Updated on July 22, 2015

A fallow song of ice on steel

Can set the pace for thoughts congealed

Dig in one stiletto and find the heart

Quickly cast the arrow and pierce a part.


Where can silence find a truly virtuous well

Dare we ask if time will tell?

Do no favors, nor caress the beast

For one will never gain the least.


Instead we find a hapless soul,

The angel with a heart of gold

And lash the tongue at fate unseen

Larger wounds build a black ravine.


By and by, layers come down

Conscience wears a thorny crown,

And when the vestigial bond is thrown away

Salt of the sea can burn the betrayed.


Admission is a painful choice

Tearing aside a silent voice

If the pleasure is not replaced,

May it suffer where the pain was based.


Slumber will be hard to come

The words play hard while they churn

The deck is stacked against the rabid tongue

The savage fork has aptly stung.


Think long and hard through the endless night

While the peals ring on and time despite

What has been done and said twice more

Shall not end in another encore.


May the haunting end anon in peace

For all to gain profound release,

And if the story is meant as hoped

May solace be rightful, and all can cope.

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      Deb Hirt 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, swalia. There will always be more.

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      Shaloo Walia 16 months ago

      A lovely poem. I enjoyed it!

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      Deb Hirt 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      And strange, Mihnea. You omitted strange(grin)...

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      Mordred Amber-Blythe 17 months ago from Tilburg,Netherlands

      This poem is fantastic.Flawless wording,rhyme and rhythm without compromising the poetic idea as a whole.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, RJ! Thanks for reading. I think we all all capable of a little darkness now and then, for it allows the mind to shift gears, then return to cruising speed when on the straightaway.

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      Ralph Schwartz 20 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      I really enjoyed this work - those works which teeter on the dark side always cast that bit of doubt in the mind and a slight chill up the spine.

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, it is so nice to see you again, I have missed you. Glad that you thought that this piece was all right, and you hit the nail on the head to what I meant about it.

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      Susan Haze 21 months ago from Sunny Florida

      aniannovice Wow. Awesome. I was enthralled. It does make you aware that you need to think before you speak.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Lela! Wow, that's a lot to live up to, but I have a lot of mettle. Thanks.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Lawrence! Thanks so much for your support.

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      CreatePerfection 22 months ago from Beautiful Colorado

      Deb,

      You are a tremendous talent. Your love for nature, your insight into the complexity of it all, the intrigue cast by this haunting lilt; you are indeed a force to be reckoned with and I feel blessed to have found your work.

      Lela

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Enjoyed the poem

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Michelle! That was specifically what I was going for. Thanks, and I will catch you on the flip side.

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      Michelle Liew 22 months ago from Singapore

      Haunting, and poignant, indeed!

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Faith Reaper! Thanks for flying in. It is always good to see you.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Deb, I thoroughly enjoy reading your brilliant poetry. You certainly have a gift and I am glad you share it here. It is always a treat. This one is intriguing to say the least!

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Mel. Yes, we ARE haunted by ourselves if provided with the right recipe.

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      Mel Carriere 22 months ago from San Diego California

      "Conscience wears a thorny crown." I like that line. True that we are haunted by ourselves, rather than any supernatural sprites that go bump in the night. Great poem!

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Frank! I appreciate your input and thank you kindly.

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      Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

      very well written, engrossing and filled with just the right words to make this poem work voted awesome :)

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Lisa! Thanks for reading it...

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      Lisa VanVorst 22 months ago from New Jersey

      Beautifully written. Flows naturally.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Lee! Thanks so much. Many people have indicated that it hits home from time to time. I appreciate your coming by to read this.

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      Lee Cloak 22 months ago

      A really beautiful piece of writing, very engaging, thanks for sharing, voted up, Lee

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Gypsy Rose Lee. It was good to hear from you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 22 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was really lovely and haunting.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Blossom! Thanks so much, and there will be more coming at another time.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      So good! A great use of words and ideas.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Akriti, glad that you could read this.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, whonu. I'm sure that there are many that have seen this occur, on both sides of the fence.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, John, and sometimes, I manage to see too much...

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy. There are things that only the shadows know, yet they never tell...

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      That is the truth, Sha.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the shares, Deergha(grin). I can be found in so many mysterious ways, when least expected.

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      Akriti Mattu 22 months ago from Shimla, India

      Nice post

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      whonunuwho 22 months ago from United States

      Nice work my friend and your rhyme is well balanced. Good work. whonu

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      "A strange haunting" indeed Deb, always love the rhyme of your poems and the content..well done. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Your first line was brilliant....and then it got better! One of your finest poems, Deb. I loved this.

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      Shauna L Bowling 22 months ago from Central Florida

      I love your poetry, Deb. I've always been of the mind that our tongues are the most lethal weapons we possess. Apologies can never erase the damage hurtful words do to our souls. As my mom always says, "think before you speak".

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      deergha 22 months ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Reality told like never before...dear Deb this is exquisite..I am all into your game of intriguing and you know that well I wish....Captivated truly enough.

      Shared and votes way up.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Chris! Once they are said, they always haunt the shallows of the mind

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Missy! Intriguing is my name, and welcome to my game...

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Larry! Treaty was meant to be be, so I'm pleased that it was on point. I appreciate your reading this.

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      Chris Mills 22 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Deb, you've penned some very hard truths here. "The words play hard while they churn." Don't they though? It's hard, if not impossible to take them back. Beautifully written piece.

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      Great poem! I loved it! So interesting and mysteriously intriguing.

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      Larry Rankin 22 months ago from Oklahoma

      A haunting tone. Very engaging descriptions.

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