The Worm

Millions of centuries ago
In a land called - Igorro
Lived a worm with extreme discontent
Fed up with its current predicament

It was during the mid of winter season
When the worm completely lost its reason
It made a deal with the King of the Underworld
And from then on, its soul was labeled - sold
Day and night it served Hades endlessly
Became a slave of evil uncontrollably
Driven with a promise of reincarnation
To become a human in another dimension
And so their contract finally reached its end
A man from hell just suddenly ascend
Gifted with all of earth's desirable treasures
He became fucked up beyond measures

The worm now living as man in the present time
Had later on passed its ultimate prime
Just like any other mortal human being
He entered the stage of deteriorating
All along he thought he would at least be happy
But his life as a man is equally such a misery
And oh! Hades even used a strange trickery
That reminded him of his worm life memory
Slowly being consumed by unimaginable agony
Diseases spreading throughout his frail body
He dreamed of his irrelevant life before
His stupidity for wanting so much more

And so that day eventually came
He knew so well he lost the game
But before embracing his inevitable death
He muttered these words on his last breath -
"I begged a devil to change my destiny
Sold my soul for this awful anomaly
Dedicated my existence for such slavery
And still experienced nothing but brutality
This is the part where I fully understand
No good will come out from a bad demand
I was totally disgusted by my previous form
But in the end, my corpse will be eaten by the worm!"

About this poem

This poem conveys the unfathomable complexities and ironies of life. What we make out of it would determine how our definitions of the word "life" will differ from one another. Note: Inspiration derived from the poem - "I Was Just A Pawn" by Robin Loving.

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Written on May 15, 2023

Submitted by FLi on June 28, 2023

1:30 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 1,626
Words 302
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 12, 12, 12

Francelle Ortega

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  • Jewoo525
    I remember this poem! I did have it pinned but I just didn't have room to include it on my list. And of course, it was written by the excellent Francelle. I thought this might have been you, based on the absolutely captivating narrative that always seems to suck me in. Dare I say it might be your signature style of writing? I loved the mini-mythology and the personification of the worm, perhaps as an analogy for the mortal frustration retained in all of us. The worm that desired to ascend into dragon hood, was cut down by cruel, uncaring, and bored Gods. I love this style of writing and I am definitely drawing some inspiration from this piece for my next poem.

    I'll see you next contest. Excellent stuff, keep writing!
    LikeReply 111 months ago
    • FLi
      Hi Jewoo, as always, your comment is one of the things I look forward to read after the results were out. :) Except for the undeniable fact that it was well detailed, the concept that "someone made time and paid attention to my work" emanates from every word you said.

      I can't wait to check that poem you are brewing as of now. I'm pretty sure it will be a good read.
      LikeReply 211 months ago
  • lovingempath
    Wow Francelle! Apparently my inspirational poem gave you wings, because you took this poem to a much higher level of consciousness! The imagery and message are brilliant! Great job!! :)
    LikeReply 111 months ago
    • FLi
      Hi Robin, your amazing works magically enhance my writing ability. I sincerely admire and appreciate the inspirations you and your poems bring. Keep on creating more please. :)
      LikeReply 111 months ago
    • lovingempath
      I will try to come up with something more worthy of your praise and attention next month Francelle. It's people like you, who keep my candle lit!
      LikeReply 111 months ago
  • ritchiechelle
    Real life. From the heart
    LikeReply 111 months ago
    • FLi
      Thanks a lot for your kind appreciation about my work and for seeing my poem worthy of your vote. :)
      LikeReply11 months ago


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