Burned and Old and New

by Cooper   Sep 26, 2011

I've touched the flame of chaos
in the hollow chest
of a dying man,
a fire of rage,
a pulsating organ,
lambent in the heartless dark.

I peel the skin,
my new flesh passionless
and unfamiliar;
I heat the cold dreams,
of my dead mind
(hostile and blind)
and cauterize the lesions,
of premeditated punishment.

bursts the sea of flames;
a catalyst
my aching body,
screaming animus,
and the new virgin sun
rises from the hole in my chest.

I spread the incineration;
a disease of violence,
holocaust across the skeletal frame
of my sleeping mind.

Vehemently I shine,
and the black sky is warm;
graciously, benign,
the cancer of darkness,
I shine,
and the white sky is warm.


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  • 12 years ago

    by Saerelune

    Judging the wording and imagery of this poem, I would've expected to see this poem in the "dark" category. But since it's placed under "life", I've been thinking that it must have some deeper meaning. I can't say what it's about, though, but I thoroughly enjoyed this poem. Tone and creativity did it all to me.

  • 12 years ago

    by TJ Arizona Eagle

    Absolutely brilliant poem, wording is stellar, flow excellent. I see it was nominated for the weekly and rightfully so , good write