I Am!

2trip.jpgI am a ghost, white and pale

An apparition of men long dead

A reminder of a hell you never knew

A glimpse of what lies ahead

 

I am a ghost in shades of grey

Full of memories that aren’t mine

I offer my first born to soften the way

And sacrifice myself on your shrine

 

Twenty years clean, but you can’t trust me,

Not with a pound, an ounce, or a gram

Not because I am an addict

But an addict is what I am … I am

 

A flash, an illusion, a memory,

An addict, a ghost – white and pale

Trust me with your life but not your pipe,

Cuz I’ll let you down without fail

 

I’ll let you down, I’ll lift you up

On a pedestal of marbled stone

I’ll let you suckle at my breast

While I lay cold and limp and prone

 

Victim of disaster, alive to tell the tale

My memory gone, my heart stale

You suck me dry, Hallelujah!

I am a ghost, I am! I am!

I am a ghost snow white and pale….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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