The sound of emptiness


There is a place where empty souls find rest

From the relentless dust of days that simmer black

And for a time it fills the void with noise so white

That colour’s memory refuses to come back.


I let the rain freeze on my collar-bones

And prayed that it would never let me feel

For when the thunderstorms awake within

The last respite of flesh on bone they steal.


So cold… this endless gaol always finds a way

To tear me down, smashing through all hope

And when another dawn breaks through again

The light bleeds blue in twists of scarlet rope.


Daily Prompt: Careless Whisper


29 thoughts on “The sound of emptiness

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  2. Welcome back! And writing that silly parody right now. First I need a link to your Cumberbuns chart.

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  4. Good to se you back. 🙂 I liked “thunderstorms awake within”, a good metaphor. Btw, there are two typos in your story: “goal” and “tear” in the last stanza. Hope you don’t mind me pointing it out.

    • Very good to hear from you too and I am pleased you liked my offering. I don’t know how “tear” got past me so thank you for bringing it to my attention. Regarding “gaol” – it means jail or prison. It is an old-fashioned word for a place of confinement or the state of being imprisoned. It is a favourite of mine, because of the musicality it brings to the verse and I find it a little less abrasive than “prison”. Thank you again.

  5. This is a really powerful piece of poetry – one can sense the demons scratching at the doors. The prose-like style that you have used adds immediacy, and I’m sure that this will resonate with many.
    Nice to have you back!

  6. for a while I wondered if I had stopped following your blog and then I saw this and I realized how much I had missed reading your poems which are always so beautiful…you have a way with words

    • I am so sorry. I made a note in my last post before the break, but I must have been a little too subtle. I have been away and it took me a while to get back to writing. Glad you enjoyed it. It’s good to be back and thank you for your kind words. Hope all is well with you.

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