Regal Corpse

by Twisted Heart   Sep 19, 2009

Upon the floor he lays in waste
A man who once was king
He ruled the ones he claimed to love
But treated them like things
Inside his heart a glance was shown
Of wicked times to come
And those who failed to bow to him
He'd leave them all unstrung

His claim to love was all in jest
His soul knew not these thoughts
A chance to hold them by their fear
He seemed to do a lot
No tenderness or mercy came
When family was in need
He's stamp them down with hurt and pain
Then on their loss he'd feed.

One night as tempers flew in haste
One moment came to end
A cloud of dust rose from the ash
And brought the death of him
A single shot into the heart
Of one who once was king
Now lives will seem to rearrange
A silent calm to bring

A hush fell deep within the home
This night when tempers flared
The sound of broken promises
Was whispered from somewhere
Then true the gun was dropped in kind
To lie there on the floor
As distant silence came to pass
The king he was no more


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  • 6 years ago

    by Twyst

    Strong from start to finish. I love it.

  • 12 years ago

    by Lana

    I loved your title, just had to click on the poem when I saw it and I'm so glad I did. It was indeed a dark write, done with great rhyme and flow. The story, could be about materials items or about people. Either way they were abused and taken for granted in this great verse. Particularly liked your ending, for it is true, karma will catch up with you in the end. Very enjoyable read.

  • 12 years ago

    by C Cattaway

    Yes, I agree.. not sure the gun should have been the weapon of choice, but it brought it back, & opened up the possibility of being King of the household, rather than Regally.. maybe the things (subjects) were a bullied wife, or children.. It made the poem into an analogy of the here and now, if you wanted to look beyond the obvious era depicted..
    Anna is correct, though.. you do dark as only you do.. Haunting, descriptive, thought-provoking, and beautiful. Well done. xx

  • 13 years ago

    by Corinne

    Really well written Twisty!