Poison Stew

Sorrows are specters
Burdens borne
Sadness the vector
A treasure torn

Perilous passion
Emotional sting
Tender illusions
Visions dream

Rapture receding
Demanding why
Boasting to brace
Better to cry

Despondence displeasure
Eyes looking down
Hugs without arms
None to be found

Vigilant gazes
Mental duress
Options, opinions
A malevolent mess

Lasting is love
“Forever,” they say
Hearts helping heaven
Left me today

Pleasure and pretense
Lies are untrue
Torment and tears
Life’s poison stew
Copyright © 2003 Delbert H. Rhodes

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