By entelechia

He lives in the shadow, for in the light he sees his face;
He cries in the rain, lest he should see his tears;
He speaks with the thunder, for the thunder kills his voice;
He looks at the lightning, but he cannot utter words.

When the wind whistles in the morning, he sleeps and does not feel;
When he wakes to a new light, he forgets his happy dreams;

For he lives in the shadows, and he has not learnt to live;
He gropes for an answer to questions he never gives;
He cannot follow where his soul each day strays;
He cannot feel his heart as its hopes wash away.

So on his bed he lies, with Misfortune in his arms:
She puts her hands on his eyes by night as by day;
Wraps his body in her mantle lest he feel the air;
And keeps him in her room, where no one comes and no one stares.

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Copyright 2013 entelechia
Published on Sunday, June 16, 2013.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • Intoxicating Delirium On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Intoxicating Delirium (394)By person wrote:

    This is a wonderful poem, Its creepy in a way.. love it!

  • entelechia On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, entelechia (86)By person wrote:

    thank you Caitlinryen, there is something of the "Picture of Dorian Grey" in it.

  • FadedBlues On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, FadedBlues (2938)By person wrote:

    ...where would a man display his misery, except in the rain, into the music of thunder, the strobes of lightning. this is compelling reading...

  • A former member wrote: that last stanza is gorgeous. the lack of flowery language added a great deal of impact. this swept me away into their world.

  • dwells On Sunday, June 16, 2013, dwells (5703)By person wrote:

    OH - welcome to DP, but your skill betrays somebody perhaps well-versed in the darkness too, cheers!

  • dwells On Sunday, June 16, 2013, dwells (5703)By person wrote:

    Reminds me of "Elegy in a Country Churchyard" in part by Thomas Gray I believe. "Misfortune his only companions..." Brilliant composition and add my name to the list too, cheers!

  • entelechia On Monday, June 17, 2013, entelechia (86)By person wrote:

    believe it or not, two years ago I was in that very churchyard, it was a splendid moment. I would actually post the picture I took there too, I'd have to find out how, I'm new here :-)

  • dwells On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, dwells (5703)By person wrote:

    Evangeline can tell you how to do it, she's a Council Member, cheers!

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