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Live Long the King

Updated on June 22, 2018

Una Fiesta de Diablos

I wrote this poem several years ago during a harsh spell of depression compounded by Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I look back on some poems and writing during troubled times with mixed feelings. On the positive side, I'm surprised by the depth of my emotions. While I have written poetry at various times in my life, I am ignorant of the art. Whether the words I string together are worthy of being called poetry or art is up to others to decide. All I know for sure is that they are important to me. On the negative side, my poems are often negative. They are expressions from a dark places that I have very little memory of after they fade away.

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Distressed Poet
Distressed Poet | Source

Live Long The King

was a time not long ago

lived our handsome king

a life of Daily freedom Reality was a house of cards

the demons of his mind ate at him

a Nightly foray into the depths of his soul

an after hours feeding frenzy in the hash house of hell

una fiesta de diablos

a midnight snack of anxiety, regret and weakness

carte blanche on the king´s tab

his achilles heel manifested in the dark

shadowed by Day

for all his freedom,

he has his fear

his fiefdom, in fact a feardom

moat waters slowly burned away by the fires of Night

the paper castle in ashes

the drawbridge

so closely guarded from you

opens souly for my darkhorses

before falling to the abyss

with the sun comes a new castle to carry the Day

sadly, each morn the moat more shallow

the castle less secure

the drawbridge hardened

a pitiful (he asks not for pity) degradation

of body and spirit

to the spirits

yet saved by the Spirit

it is not that the king lacks

loving family

loyal friends

prescient advisors

they are on call each Day

to lighten his burden

the king was strong and brave and intelligent

those traits were proven many times over

in high stake battles with evil realms

countering contentious kings-in-waiting


hovering in the blackness

set to swoop upon the fall

the battles

at times

truly life and death

loss of life preferred to loss of honor

Night stood vulnerable

the black knight haunted the king

in his period of least protection

no sandman, he

no fairy tale, either.

With unGodly strength and determination

the Knight accepted the best the king had to offer

and spit it back in his face

never to lose

yet, never on earth to win

this devil of the dark

the evils have lessened

thanks to the true King

the worldly king survives

Night to Knight

Day to Dios.

live long the king
long live the King


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    • Pearldiver profile image

      Rob Welsh 

      3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      The good thing is that such a powerful statement will always lead you to the right place to make it... It appears to have guided you perfectly Gary. :) Take care.

    • Gary Malmberg profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Malmberg 

      3 years ago from Concon, Chile

      Thanks so much for the comment, Pearldiver. I love the subtitle advice. As I am a grade school level computer editor, I'm not sure about how to add it. I'm going to replace 'What's up' with 'una fiesta de diablos'. Please let me know if you think I put it in the wrong place. Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

    • Pearldiver profile image

      Rob Welsh 

      3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      You must give this piece the sub-title 'una fiesta de diablos' Gary as it gives standing place to the rest of the verse. Some of the best poetry ever written came from dark recesses of the soul and it is often written, read and used therapeutically. As far as you have taken this piece, you show the value of your experience and ability to write poetry well... Never apologize for opening your heart... That - is the Art of Poetry!

      An excellent piece Senor


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