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Saturday, 19 October 2013

CROSSFIRE

A blazing row:
wounds inflicted
with intent
to damage Soul
and make a dent
in ego's stronghold.

A deadly game
of table tennis.
Each strike
precisely aimed
at opponent's
self-esteem.

Last word:
the prized trophy
fanatically sought,
amid threats
of self-destruction.
Emotional blackmail.

To be the victor
at any cost:
poison arrows
pierce the air,
miss the mark,
injure bystander -

by wishing to be
my lost child
instead of he.
Caught in the crossfire
just because I'm here.

19 comments:

  1. Wonderful display of words piercing all caught up in the game.
    Love it..

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    1. Thank you so much Anthony...really appreciate that.:)

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  2. Ygraine,
    your last verse tugged at my heart.
    all of your poem did.
    my goodness, you can write so well.

    My today be a day of joy for you.

    Margie
    xx

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    1. You are so kind Margie...thank you so much.
      xxx

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  3. So many levels of heartbreak in every sentence I try to choose one to comment on but they all leave me with feeling of great loss, I hope you have magick thrown your way

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    1. If only people didn't feel the need to fight...but I guess that is all a part of being human!
      Many thanks for your kind words Lorraine. They are much appreciated. xxx

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  4. This was powerful and emotional and that last verse really affected me!

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    1. Thank you so much Keith.
      I hope this hasn't tugged at your emotions too much! :)

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  5. Beautiful poem full of powerful images. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Many, many, thanks.:)

      I hope you are having a great week.

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  6. Quite the powerful & sad poem.....the last took me off guard, loved it!

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    1. Really great to hear from you...and thank you so much! :)

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  7. whew. whether about the events yesterday or not....this deals with some heavy stuff....the blows ont he self esteem...the slippery slope of that and things it can lead to...its so sad the reality we live in at times....where we are bent it seems on each others destruction...

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    1. Hi Brian,
      I know exactly what you mean...seems we've been on a downward slope for so long.
      So why does mankind never seem to learn?
      Guess that's the billion dollar question...
      Many thanks :)

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  8. To be the victor at any cost.....most always leads to brutality & sadness, great write.

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  9. Very well-said, Ygraine!
    For what it's worth, I do not miss this ... xx

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