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One Last Midnight

Taste Of Ash

By Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
One Last Midnight
Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash

Medi psychotic

sacred dreams in the dark

Spiritually hypnotic

igniting a spark

Dreadfully chaotic

when involving the heart

Mixed with gin and tonic

is when the trouble all starts

Wounds far from fatal

still leaving a gash

The hand rocks the cradle

with a mouth full of ash

Stirred with a ladle

hoping no-one will ask

Discharged and disabled

still expecting the cash

Tied tightly to the table

with the windows all smashed

Falling for the fable

while the stones are all cast

If you're willing and able

better run away fast

For the author's unstable

with a heart made of glass

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About the Creator

Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

Telling stories my heart needs to tell <3 life is a journey, not a competition

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  • Christy Munson2 months ago

    Beautiful poem! Congratulations on Top Story, too. My one suggestion for an inverse poem would be avoiding initial capitalization of only some lines. When read in one direction, the initial caps work well, but when read from the other direction, I find the initial caps a tiny bit out of step. Just a thought. Thanks again for sharing this aching piece. Your ability to create a visual is impressive!

  • muhamad salih2 months ago

    ✍قصة الصحابي العباس بن عبادة✍* https://alsnwy.blogspot.com/2021/04/blog-post_88.html

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  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    Oh don’t make me so sad, Kelli, this is haunting! The tension between the rhythm and the subject…so well done. 👏💜😭

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

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Such a good rhythm throughout and so many good lines! Great poem!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Wonderful piece. Congrats on the TS.

  • JBaz2 months ago

    better run away fast… For the author's unstable Poetic, especially when …mixed with gin and tonic Congratulations

  • Deasun T. Smyth2 months ago

    Wow this is good! Well done 👍🍁

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    "Mixed with gin and tonic is when the trouble all starts" Yes it does! Great poem, Kelli! Congrats!

  • Sian N. Clutton2 months ago

    Fabulously dark! 'The hand rocks the cradle with a mouth full of ash' Wow. Loved it!

  • Mark Graham2 months ago

    This poem could be used in some kind of therapy group to get things thinking about whatever their issues are.

  • Oh I really loved the heart made of glass! Brilliant work!

  • Surely not, Kelli. Though it may not feel like it (& the world around you certainly doesn't support it), you always seem the model of strength & stability to me.

  • Brenton F2 months ago

    Yes yes yes! This get me (I get this) on so many levels! Well Done! Kudos

  • G. A. Botero2 months ago

    So good. The word choices also make it a nice song. I tried singing it in my horrible voice and It flows.

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