The in-between land.

by Poet on the Piano   Feb 1, 2021

I walk with a limp I never knew I had,
cheeks peppered with rosemary and
doom, the ashes of winter marking
me as its own.

But I'm not anyone's.

The requiems are frequent now;
they bubble like a hot spring in
my veins and sear any sympathy
that once nested nearby.

There have always been bodies here,
renegades and burgundy wrists.
This is not new territory to me.

The corpses hum like factory machines,
then buzz and hack and saw,
memories skewed and rendered corrupt.

I move forward, yet at the same time,
am unflinchingly still - a black bird
tending quietly to the catacombs
inside me.

The bitter wind tries to pay homage to
the heroes of the land, but falters, then
begs for an understanding of time.
I feel it rest on my shoulder blades,
a stale breath, denied resurrection.

The morning fog soon meets my eyes,
ice and retrospection, and I taste
everything that humanity buried,
everything they gave away.

The treasures of sorrow, a fateful
paradox no one can pull me through.
The smoldering is a sempiternal
segregation, with no vessel for the
souls, and I linger and linger

though I'm needed nowhere.


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  • 7 months ago

    by Keira Pickard

    Amazing! Absolutely brilliant.
    The imagery is superb, the description is detailed and well - worded and the poem overall is powerful and moving.
    I loved the similes and metaphors throughout it and the title works well with the poem.
    This is flawless and breathtaking and manages to be beautiful and dark at once. I really loved it, a wonderful free - verse :)

  • 7 months ago

    by Milly Hayward

    Absolutely amazing. So much imagery and such a powerful piece too. Thought provoking from beginning to end. Loved it.
    Milly x

  • 7 months ago

    by Rania Moallem

    GIRL. YOU ROCK. WHAT A BRILLIANT PIECE. oh my God. The phrases you drew here are so powerful my dear. I love it. It moved me.

    • 7 months ago

      by Poet on the Piano

      You're too kind! Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed it :)

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