Saturday, March 17, 2007

working late

darkness is a story I tell to myself
it keeps me from being lonely
desires burn in this darkness
as if it were some volcanic world
desires erupt in the dark
glowing creation
something new
at the expense of the old
what was there
is forever changed
what was
is no more
what will be
will destroy all that I know
in the end
in darkness
only I remain
the story I have told
has put me by myself
the last warrior
making peace
with nature’s anarchy

12 comments:

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

'darkness is a story I tell to myself
it keeps me from being lonely
desires burn in this darkness' I love these lines

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Sue! It feels so good to have come up with something you feel so strongly about! Thanks for the great comment.

Pat Paulk said...

And in the end "nature's anarchy" always wins. Darth has penned another masterpiece!!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Pat! Yes it is a bit of a dark piece. Shadow and light is one of the several themes I am working with at the moment for a chapbook for this year. Thanks for such an enthusiastic bit of praise, my friend.

ozymandiaz said...

An aspect of darkness, it is a singular thing. Light is shared, wanting or not, with every eye and surface. Darkness, regardless of how many entities share it, belongs entirely to everyone, to each one as a whole. It changes the aspect of the universe and brings reality into sharp relief exposing the fact that we truly are, each of us, the center of all existence.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Ozy! I love it when you wax theological/philosophical! I think the post was beter than the poem. Thanks for the fantastic comment, my friend.

firebird said...

Hey! I can really relate to this...
"darkness is a story I tell to myself"-
being isolated as a POSITIVE thing-
easy to understand intellectually, but never believed it in my heart until now...

For me, it's not "nature's anarchy," but humanity's, that presents the problem. Or the nature of humanity.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hey firebird, thanks a lot. I'm glad this little poem found a positive place for you. I can definately relate to the problems with human nature. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

gautami tripathy said...

"what was there
is forever changed
what was
is no more
what will be
will destroy all that I know
in the end
in darkness
only I remain"

It seems you define time.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks GST! It would seem that time therefore can be seen as subjective but I'm not the first to intimate that. You're always thinking! Thanks for the great comment.

Don Iannone said...

Beautifully done. I like this poem very much. And from the darkness comes the light of a wonderful poem!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Don! You're comment is enthusiastic and quite enjoyable. I'm so glad you liked this.