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The Deception

Updated on January 26, 2013

The smell of it entices your senses.

The feel of it drives you wild.

It draws you in and screams for your attention.

The moment the sound caresses your ear,

You are moved by its rhythm.

It carries your heartbeat to the heavens.

It enters into your mind and brings you joy.

Say it out loud with a smile again and again.

The thought of it makes you laugh.

Over and over you think about it…

Dream about it… talk about it.

Each time it takes you deeper into your special place.

Do you know what it is?

What is its name?

The power of it controls your thoughts.

Spellbound, you follow its voice.

Star struck, you can’t stay away.

It begins to dwell inside your head.

Your heart lets its roots dig in.

Its grasp is so tight and won’t let go!

The smiles turn to frowns.

Its lasting impression starts to take shape

And hints of darkness set in.

You repeat it every day, every hour even!

But you cannot stop it.

It has total rule over your life.

Do you recognize it?

Will it go away?

The joy you had slowly drains away.

It no longer brings you pleasure.

Darkness has embodied the light.

Surrounded by the ugliness of it,

You cry out, but no one hears you.

You reach out but no one’s there.

Dragged down by its authority,

You are slave to it,

And obey it without question.

There is no end in sight,

And you realize you can’t break it.

You can’t release it.

Have you figured it out?

Can anyone take it away?

For other poetry I've published in HubPages click here:


The Madness

Mountain Dew - a song of love

Standing at the Crossroads...a poem


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      Steve Schroeder 6 years ago

      Thank you, Denise! I thought for a long time whether or not to leave it open-ended. I'm kinda glad I did. Thanks for reading!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting and thought provoking. I, too, wanted you to name what it was,'s so much more intriguing to let it hang. My answer: addiction (meth, esp. has the makings of the ugliness, or coke...You're right-any of our individual hells.) Nice job.

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      Steve Schroeder 6 years ago

      Thanks Val, that means a lot to me. I have seriously considered a couple different ideas for publishing. I have other poems and short stories at various stages of completion. Have to see what happens!

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      Valerie Forsythe 6 years ago

      Nice work Steve! At first I thought it was LOVE, then it took an ugly turn...I'd say you were talking about ADDICTION as Stan pointed out, or SIN. Have you ever published your writings? You should someday if not. You have a way with words. ~Val

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      Steve Schroeder 6 years ago

      Yes, definately!!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Good to see you and Donelle yesterday Steve. Let's get together and play guitars.

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      Steve Schroeder 7 years ago

      Thank you Yess! and very true. It or they could be different for everyone.

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      Yess! 7 years ago

      Immpressive, powerful, guttural stuff here Steve! I think this could lend itself to a "who?" as well as a "What?"!

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      Steve Schroeder 7 years ago

      Thanks, Stan! I thought about saying what it is, but thought it would be more interesting to leave it open-ended. I think we know what it is for us individually though!

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      Stan Fletcher 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      This is really thought-provoking Steve. Actually makes me think about a lot of things. Addiction, hell, etc. I was hoping the last line was gonna' tell us what it is!!!