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The Flesh (poem)

Updated on January 13, 2013

What is the flesh which greets the evening’s dawn

It’s creeping ever seeking long ago

When its own sense of purpose it did know

Instead of other’s souls to feed upon


It lurks in shadows cursing what may come

It’s weeping reason steeping its own cost

For its doomed breath another’s love is lost

What pain and sorrow breeds a heart so numb


Oh night’s delight just one more victim sings

It’s seething echoes breading mercy dies

As crimson draws his tears across the skies

And only silent sadness felt the stings


What is this flesh which meets the edge of light

A dream perhaps some madness hid from sight


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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is, indeed, very deep. I read it twice to get the full effect.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Very deep, Martin. The music adds a spooky touch which leads one to read the last two lines over and over again!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      To me the flesh is any fear that takes over in the night. You always surprise me with your words. Up and awesome.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Mysteriously wonderful.

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      Lillian K. Staats 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      And only silence felt the sad stings... brilliant, love yaz, lily

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Every reader has their own take on a particularly excellent piece of poetry. This reflects (for me) the angel of death and only your wealth of talent could pen it so perfectly.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Mhatter, this one seems a bit dark, I'll have to read it again. Always beautifully written, always interesting.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Beautiful. I am going to try to find more words to describe how I feel about your poems. They are so wonderful. I want to stop repeating myself.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good one and with such an open expression