I find myself prancing

quite entrancing before the gods,

shucking off hell one sin at a time –

one bad hair day, one more bad rhyme –

as the last of my estrogen leaks out

and a phone rings somewhere

on the edge of the world …

Awaken! The twilight is dying!


Sinister and transparent,

evil’s inherent behind such bullshit.

You drive angry children from the flock;

from my womb, a ticking clock;

open-eyed and curious what regrets

my Father left here behind Him

without a backward glance …

Alas, alack! The day too will vanish!


We’ll never catch up to where He roams;

a ‘ways from home; beyond this earth,

‘cross the place whence The Bastard hath fled;

your face in the mirror, my soul since bled.

We stretch damp cats out to dry

within sight of Whose eyes my likeness
was lost after so many voyages …

Zounds! The Knight is fleeing!


Alas! ‘Tis the bed that I have made;

where I prayed and flickered to sleep –

a song in my heart, feather in my cap;

on a journey with a hinky map…

buying dreams one dime at a time;

selling secrets to unlearn the past;

the stink has vanished….

Repent! It’s time for dying!







Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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