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Wednesday, 17 February 2010


Death in its complexity will wage war and rage
and whilst Eros persists, it's Thanatos who prevails
can't silence the skeptic that plagues the mind
life and its longevity stretched before my eyes.

"The casket calls, put this demon to rest!
A heavy-hearted sigh heaved from my chest
the poison that tricks my vision, the cynic that shrieks
all hope remains hidden while desolation creeps.
My mouth is stitched shut to stop stupid words leaking
reduced to nothing but a willow weeping...
too much love carelessly discarded, too many fantasies entertained
I crumble into depravity and my soul is stained."

Death whispers to me in his dulcet tones
of a world underground for those whose life has left their bones,
a place where the restless sleep.
His cold breath on my neck causes a shiver to slither.
I long to reach out in a sombre embrace
his icy hands relieve me of life's lingering trace,
I breathe in his cloth of cobwebs and he closes my eyes,
no longer a spectator to life's horrors and lies,
as he lies me down on his soil-lined bed.

Death in its finery and splendour is all I could ask for
as I crush velvet between my fingertips and examine the well-polished wood.
So much time laid aside to honour my end,
for in this my eternity I shall spend.

© 2010 Florence Challender


  1. Hmmmm I can't tell if you write from personal experiance or just at how you view life or maybe these are random.. I'd like to know cause i myself love poetry! Most of mine come from personal experience.. This is a really good poem even though it's depressing(my kinda stuff!) it's really deep!

  2. Florence Challender24 February 2011 at 21:02

    and most of mine are a mixture- They're DRAWN from experience/emotion- I harness my emotions into something tangible, but none are really very autobiographical.

  3. I think the best poetry comes from personal experience. These thought's and ideas have our emotions firmly attached.

    You speak the language of the soul beautifully!

    Hope you write again soon!

    Greetings from Queensland, Australia.

  4. i absolutely love poetry:) I started wtiting a year ago when I started cutting myself.. all of my poetry is from personal experiances/emotions.... I take my emotions and magnify it in my words:) I absolutely ove your poetry... I think you have inspired me:)

  5. Thanatos, i guess is the force within all of us who pulls us to Death. The eternal sleep. Some would say that Death is the objective of Life. I am not much into that theory. But certainly, Death may seem simpler than Life's complicated issues. Another great piece you have here. You have the gift of writing.