Elusive Hope



sharp whine,
a razor's edge,
carves through flesh,
a crimson vow.

syringe's needle,
a cold cross,
dulls the pain,
a temporary peace.

flickers of light,
amidst the void,
hope's echo,
in despair's home.

but darkness lingers,
a heavy cloud,
enfolding dreams,
a haunting power.

sonic echoes,
a deathly ringing,
or whispers of wishes,
a fragile rune?

in this suite
of pain,
the answer lives,
an pending desist.

About this poem

This poem explores themes of self-harm, addiction, and the struggle for hope in the face of despair.

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Written on April 06, 2024

Submitted by JoeStrickland on April 06, 2024

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Scheme XXXX XXAX XXXX XXXX XXXX XAXX
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 421
Words 94
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Joe Strickland

I'm just a regular, blue collar, working stiff who took an interest in writing poetry many years ago but until recently I haven't had a desire to share any with anyone or pursue publication. I'm an unpublished fork lift operator by night, and a day drinker by choice. I can be followed on Twitter @JoeStricklandSC more…

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