Lovely Way To Die (with guitar track)

by Maher   Jul 24, 2017

A noose knocked on my door today.
It's knot hung loose as it made it's way
through the narrow halls of my lonely home.
It reclined upon a solitary couch,
not here, nor there;
but close enough to the glass pane,
behind which burned the flames of a furnace well-lit.

There, it sat, as silent as empty gallows,
where even the crows in their fearless dark
respect the dying shadows.

There, it sat.
Singing the saddest, most beautiful tune.

Every note deeper than the dark above,
gentler than the softest love,
sweeter than the red lips she used to kiss mine.

Mine; lips that know nothing.
Lips that knew, but now know nothing.

Such was it's spell that I froze to listen:
every rise and fall,
every thick and thin,
every kind of cold, depressing subtlety within.
Waves of blue; their ebb and flow to reddish hues.

Every kind of light fell dark and dead,
but in such rare beauty.

And then, I sat.
And cried.
Salt upon sweetness - cold on ice.
By God, all I could do was cry.

So many years, my friend.
It's been so many years since I've heard your song,
your rhyme and your sweet entice.
My heart is gone and now I've nothing to hide.

I feared your call, old friend,
yet I say with a teary smile;
because what else can I do,
but smile and say:

"what a lovely way to die".


Listen to the noose's melody here:


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  • 4 years ago

    by Em

    JUDGES COMMENT: Maher doesn't write as often as other people but when he does his writing is full of emotions and this rawness that I think many of us can be pulled in by. His rhyming is always superb and his stories always well laid out. I believe this to be a powerful write and one that I will have to read over and over to get the true meaning instead of the interpretation I make.

    • 4 years ago

      by Maher

      Thank you, Em :)

  • 4 years ago

    by CJ Maleney

    Judges comments

    "Lovely way to die" By Maher 10 points

    I'm really struggling with how to comment on this piece but I shall try to give it the true credit it deserves. I will fail.

    It is is singularly and completely unlike anything I have ever read. To say it is captivating seems like a speak of dust in the Sahara.

    Every single thing, every word just locks itself to the next and it is beautiful beyond question.

    Tinged with love, sorrow and regret at times.

    I feel, I feel, I feel.

    Well done (10)

    • 4 years ago

      by Maher

      Thank you Craig, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

  • 4 years ago

    by Brise

    Wow this is a beautiful poem, it gives me goosebumps every time I read it! Congrats on the win, very talented writer!

    • 4 years ago

      by Maher

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

  • 4 years ago

    by Britt

    Judging comment: The personification and subtle rhyme all throughout the poem, in a literary sense, was perfection to me as a reader. I've read this poem through about 15 times now, and my heart breaks a little bit more each time. I could feel my own heart sinking, hearing this sad but beautiful tune, and this entire piece just feels haunted by memories. What a beautifully written piece of work.

    • 4 years ago

      by Maher

      Thank you ma'am for taking the time to go through it so thoroughly. Glad it resonated with you :)

  • 5 years ago

    by deeplydesturbed

    congrats SC.. Also we will chat soon :) still healing, but have lots to talk about..

    • 5 years ago

      by Maher

      Thanks USB. Yeah, no probs :)

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