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Hell, one lump or two?

Updated on October 28, 2012

Hell, one lump or two?

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

When the dark one came for tea,

he sipped politely, staring at me.

His furrowed brow shadowed

intense yellow eyes,

glaring, considering, trying not to despise.

Not a slurp was heard,

not a gulp or moan,

and when he was done the seeds were sown.

He put the fine bone cup down.

‘More?’ I asked, my trill voice resound.

He just stared, and then opened his mouth,

‘So what’s all this spiritual crap,

you’re so happy to write,

and I having given you hell,

and a reason for flight?

Your soul’s for the taking,

haven’t you had enough?’

‘Well no,’ I replied, this living is rough.

But positive I’ll be till my time has run out,

I’ll never be evil, that’s not what I’m about.

So whatever you’re thinking,

my soul’s not for sale,

my heart belongs to possibility,

not some possession you can nail.’

With that he stood up,

flames flashed around his head,

‘You’ll regret this,’ he growled,

‘I’ll wait till you’re dead.’

I smiled and stood also,

and bowed humbly,

‘So nice of you to drop by,’ I said,

‘Glad you enjoyed the tea.’

With a swish of his cape

and a grunt he was gone,

and I suddenly realised

there is nothing in wrong.

Just the lessons of consequence,

our journey imparts,

not the evil of devils

our hearts cannot start.

This is our decision alone,

to be captive or free,

with love as our guide,

the devil ceases to be.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you like it sankeslane. Thanks for your comment.

      Thanks Elenin, but if the devil arrived the last thing I'd give him would be JD. Flames and spirits;not a good combo. Thanks for reading.

    • Elenin profile image


      7 years ago from So Cal

      It has been my experience the devil usually prefers Jack Daniels, no wonder he left in a huff.

      Thanks for the lift and the reminder, Knowing you are on a journey can be half of the journey. One must know that they are in a war before they can hope to win it.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Chatting with the Devil over tea! I like your idea. Sounds like you have something here. Got me thinking of Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. I don't know why.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks SilentReed :D

    • SilentReed profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      The Devil came for afternoon tea?...he was British?:)

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Timothy. I'm glad you related; and yes the battle never ceases, but in life one falls on one side or the other to begin with. The rest is keeping check and occasionally paying the consequence of oversights. Thanks for reading.

    • Timothy Donnelly profile image

      Timothy Donnelly 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Right on, Brother - fine introspection! I consistently enjoy your writing style; the above "screenplay" of vivid account is a captivating metaphor - well done again!

      You know Tony, it has been said that once we decide we will "be" a certain way, we don't have to consider the "invitation" to be some other way ever again, because THAT choice has already been thought through, and realized (as you have alluded to). Alas, but the spiritual battles of powers and principalities yet persist. Perhaps a sequel is brewing?


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