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A lake of fire

An acrostic: ECLIPSE

By Raymond G. TaylorPublished 17 days ago Updated 6 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024

Ever sinking deeper deeper

Certain of the end pray sooner

Life for me no longer meaning

Inner terrors demons pricking

Pyre of flames my flesh receding

Surely there's no cleaner end

Eclipse my life my soul commend

O ~ 0 ~ o ~

More eclipse acrostics from the author

Final eclipse

Ending the Beginning

O ~ 0 ~ o ~


About the Creator

Raymond G. Taylor

Author based in Kent, England. A writer of fictional short stories in a wide range of genres, he has been a non-fiction writer since the 1980s. Non-fiction subjects include art, history, technology, business, law, and the human condition.

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    Creative use of language & vocab

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  • Alexander5 days ago


  • Andrea Corwin 10 days ago

    Congrats on TS - this seems shooting out of a mental depression. Very vivid.

  • angela hepworth16 days ago

    Vivid and stunning! Loved this.

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • D. J. Reddall16 days ago


  • LASZLO SLEZAK16 days ago


  • Nice

  • Ameer Bibi16 days ago

    Congratulations for top story 🎊🎊You're on a roll! Your motivation is igniting a path to greatness

  • Cathy holmes16 days ago

    Beautiful piece. Congrats on the TS.

  • Anna 16 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!! Beautiful poem!

  • Lindsay Sfara16 days ago

    There is such a lovely rhythm to this! Spectacular work.

  • Wow such melodious and fiery rhymes. Congrats on TS!

  • Forspiya16 days ago

    People nowadays are really stressed so this is all for you https://vocal.media/poets/wings-of-resilience-a-journey-through-adversity

  • This is spectacular...so vivid

  • Matthew Fromm16 days ago

    well deserved top story, I like the spin on this prompt

  • Paul Stewart16 days ago

    Oh well done, sir. Congrats on this getting Top Story and loads more eyes on its majesty!

  • With this acrostic I thought about the meaning of "eclipse" beyond the obvious celestial spectator event (sad I won't witness it). Some years I was told by a man in crisis that he had stood before a lake of fire. “I wasn’t dreaming," he told me. "I didn’t imagine it. I was there.” This is his story as I have imagined it from my own perspective and, being more of a story-writer than a poet, I wanted to use the acrostic format to tell a story.

  • Oooo, this was so intense! Loved your Acrostic! Hope you're doing well, Ray.

  • Lamar Wiggins17 days ago

    This was as deep as the Mariana Trench. Well done, my friend!

  • How many times have I stood in a hospital room as one by one the children & loved ones take the hand of their mother or father or other & say, "It's okay, you can let go now."

  • Mark Graham17 days ago

    This is one way to wonder about life and death.

  • Well-wrought! As Dante surmised, we must go through the Inferno to get to Paradise. A worthwhile journey!

  • Joe Patterson17 days ago

    Very well written.

  • Christy Munson17 days ago

    And there we have it! Excellent acrostic.

  • ROCK 17 days ago

    Oh wow! 😳 Hail to the King! A sure fire winner! This was by far the best I have read.

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