Blazing Torches

It is a nebulous vision,
a scene viewed through an opaque window,
bleak faces with blazing torches
who hover at the edges of perception,
marching into the night in search
of one to persecute, one to save,
one to be a savior.

Her touch is a cut, leaving wounds
where once there was healing,
calculation and timing where once
there was love, yet, she takes
my breath with her when she leaves,
a slab on my chest to crush out life
as I am buried beneath her burden.

Her ghosts follow her into the night,
bleak faces with blazing torches.
It is a nebulous vision.

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for the Sunday Whirl

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10 Comments

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10 responses to “Blazing Torches

  1. oy, what imagery….the weight of her leaving…you make it tangible….the image though of all her ghosts following her out…that is the one that sticks…

  2. Her ghosts follow her into the night,
    bleak faces with blazing torches.
    It is a nebulous vision.

    It’s a real challenge to be left wondering in hazy circumstances. Nicely Mark!

    Hank

  3. What a dream to have, where the woman is not as you hoped she would be.

  4. magicalmysticalteacher

    “wounds where once there was healing”

    Isn’t that the way life goes sometimes? We think we are ready to face whatever comes, we think we are strong, and then we are cut down again!

    Whirling with Robert Frost

  5. The last stanza is haunting.

  6. Oh dear, Mark, that is bleak. These words didn’t bring much happiness to many, myself included. Well wordled.

    Pamela

  7. Wow…”she takes my breath with her when she leaves”. Can feel him being crushed beneath emotional pain.

  8. The last stanza is incredible writing, Mark.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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