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April PAD Challenge — Day Thirteen

April 13, 2015

Prompt: write a “confession” poem

A Confessional

I don’t always tell you
the plagues of my soul
even you, my sacred tome
would shiver from such knowledge
but today I must lay bare
these rattling bones

I have sought light
begged it to bathe me
caressed these prayer beads
’til my fingers are numb
my legs cramp from the hours
bent in quiet meditation

I’ve repeated the mantras
days spent reciting verse
upon verse of sacred chants
meant to cleanse my spirit
my voice cracked
whipped in the wind

Where is the redemption
the promised peace
the gurus say should come?

Should I bleed out these veins
flog these welted scars
disrobe my shame for the world?

A darkness resides within me
a place so vile, so cruel
no beauty can dwell here

Only the reaper
can mend my broken bones

Β©April 2015, Lori Carlson

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4 Comments
  1. Elle permalink

    beautifully broken confessional, my friend. β™‘

  2. Intense and dark. Well written. Good luck this month!

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