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Charcoal Brethren

Updated on June 21, 2012
Gold in Scales
Gold in Scales
Burning Charcoal
Burning Charcoal
All consuming fire
All consuming fire

(As you sow, so shall you reap. The one who indulges in bad deeds pays the price sometime in the future. Those blinded by the sparkle of wealth amassed, fail to see the tint of black that serves as a precursor to their downfall).

Clanging scales chase slumber away

That I’d yearned long years to succumb.

Through flickering curtains of laziness,

I eye slender needle, tipping

Far right to the lump of gold,

Amassed in haste o’er ages gone,

Torridly reflecting sun’s livid glare.

Black joy sweeps my innards

Counting lumps piling high,

I stumble through bemused puddles,

Dipping greedy fingers in vats of crimson

Deigned to steer in wealth,

Hoarded of another’s plight,

The blood seductively beckons.

I paint my mind a haze of red

Roll myself in liquid hope

That smells of death,

That sings of triumph,

I embrace the sensuous dark,

Creeping higher up my limbs,

The tint of charcoal, meek, begins conquest.

Curling with relish amidst scarlet stains,

The black ominously climbs,

Paralyzing vicious greed,

The hue of charcoal brands

An insignia, an emblem as reward

That spreads and sweeps

Covering exposed flawless skin.

The scales clamor louder still,

The gold of my deeds too heavy a burden,

Unbalanced by the trivial good.

Its shine threatens to flame

Yet unaware, uncaring

I spare no glance for else,

Save the swelling fruits of my toil.

Shrouded by the play of shadows

Culminated of my actions o’er a lifetime

The charcoal cloak descends further

Smoking now, a spark alight

From the gleaming horde, off the sun,

Catches a tint of nascent black,

Setting ablaze my frame of coal.

As embers froth in inferno

The heat clings and burns

My insatiable mind, my physical form

That’s reduced to a kin of charcoal,

The answer to a life of ugliness

I let dancing flares consume me whole

I let the pyre of penance smoke and die.


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      IsadorasThought 5 years ago

      This feels so very devilish.

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      whowas 5 years ago

      Wow! That is one of the most intriguing, alluring and impactful poems I have read here on hubpages.

      The layers of meaning and the potency of the images keep returning again and again. Delicious wordsmithery, here, for sure!

      Thanks for that and I look forward to reading more.

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      silverstararrow 6 years ago from India

      Thank you, iamaudraleigh for stopping by and commenting on this hub. I think we share a common interest in reading poetry. We indeed have some highly talented poets on HP. Glad that I could be part of your list of choices.

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      silverstararrow 6 years ago from India

      Rahul! Thank you so much for your kind words, I'm glad that you enjoyed this. What pleased me most was that you actually quoted a few lines from the verse. That's left me feeling all important. :)

      Thank you so much for your comment and encouragement.

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      iamaudraleigh 6 years ago

      I love reading what other poets write on hub pages, especially your work! It was powereful and beautiful! Voted up!

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      Jessee R 6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      "As embers froth in inferno

      The heat clings and burns

      My insatiable mind, my physical form

      That’s reduced to a kin of charcoal,

      The answer to a life of ugliness

      I let dancing flares consume me whole

      I let the pyre of penance smoke and die."

      What an epic piece of poetry this is my friend.... what an epic piece...

      So powerful... filled with powerful vivid imagery, symbolism which rip the soul thinking.....

      Oh! Fellow Poet this is sublime...

      Few shall encompassed such art in their verse and thou ast one of those who shall forbear the starry fables of glorious tellers

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      silverstararrow 6 years ago from India

      Thank you, glmclendon for your kind words. I'm flattered that you enjoyed this piece enough to tag it powerful.

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      glmclendon 6 years ago

      A powerful piece of writing that I enjoyed. Strong for some and some will be unable to handle.

      Stay Well


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