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Another Pointless Poem About Gloom

Updated on May 23, 2013

This is probably where I should insert a cold draft

and stretch out a bit of undefinable darkness

on the stale sheets I should be looking for myself in,

the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat

which isn't there - not now at least - not when we're standing

where it should be curled, waiting for its cue to exit,

leaving me, myself and I with the dilemma of ourselves

on our cold, clammy hands that cannot tie shoelaces,

let alone unravel the seaman's knot in our stomachs.

But I've decided to forego all that for your benefit.

You surely didn't come here to mop up someone

else's gloom with a rag on your hands and knees,

although - admittedly - I am only assuming

you're not an idiot wishing away problems we all have

by pretending my coal mine is so much deeper and

the canary is belting bar upon bar within a toxic cloud

because - then - you'd be no brighter than me,

the person telling you all this nonsense, the bird brain

who taught Tweety down there how to carry a tune.


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    • Darrylmdavis profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Thanks for stopping by :-)

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      Leslie Schock 

      5 years ago from Tulsa, Oklahoma

      I really liked this poem, it was almost whimsical in its intensity. I really liked how this flowed from one line to the next. Nice job.

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      5 years ago

      Oddly, the imagery here reminds me of Winston Smith from Orwell's 1984. Solitude amidst a sea of people.

    • Darrylmdavis profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Thanks deergha. :-)

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      6 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Cheers, Valleypoet. Much appreciated :-)

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      6 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very deep and intense poem. As I was going through...... it was like as if I get lose in the poem itself , mainly in the lines......'leaving me, myself and I with the dilemma of ourselves

      on our cold, clammy hands, hands than cannot tie shoelaces,....' very beautifully done work ...all votes up (excluding the funny part) and passing it tooo.


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      6 years ago

      Darryl....the use of allegory in this poem is simply awesome. Your poems are intelligent and extremely sharp. You have a style to your poetry that I admire a great deal. Voted up!!


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