"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Scaly imaginings

“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
there's still time to change the road you're on.”
Led Zepplin ~ Stairway to Heaven

His words are wild
and untamed…

They storm the citadel
of night peeling the skin
from shadows to expose
his devils drinking fear.

Drunk on the draft
of scaly imaginings
he speaks of humid darkness
where mountains are grown
from grains of sand.

Knife wounds of what
should have been scar
the dreams he let slip
through the needle’s eye.

Taking a deep breath of sanity
he expels the choice of failure
and climbs his pedestal
of open wounds to implore
bright eyed youth to never
walk a mile in his shoes.

©Susie Clevenger 2014

Over at Real Toads Sam Edge has us digging into our archives of self and writing from the well of who or what inspired us to write poetry. I have been inspired by many poets, writers, and musicians. This time I pulled from Led Zeppelin.

Avant-Edge ~ Innocence And Experience


Sam Edge said...

Wow you really stormed out of the gate with this one Susie - nailed it!

Kathryn said...

Really love the power of this, great write Susie.

humbird said...

Wow, Suzie! I'm impressed! Such force moving on us, it's like Zoom in in action! Bravo!

manicddaily said...

Very cool. k.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is rich in imaginative description, Susie.
I love your "mountains are grown from grains of sand" and "the dreams he let slip through the needle’s eye".

razzamadazzle said...

This is great! You never cease to amaze me with your wide range of interests and versatility.

Sumana Roy said...

i love this play of power.'he expels the choice of failure'...it's only natural that he should do that.....
this is grand Susie..

Ella said...

Susie-this so pains the path of drugs and the mountains we all most climb. I hope our dreams do not slip through needle's eye...brilliant line-

Mama Zen said...

This is just exquisite!

Margaret said...

The ending - never a mile - is a great way to give back to the kids of today. Lets hope they will listen…

Kim Nelson said...

You write in the same genre that Zeppelin performs. Dark, but deeply intelligent.

Kenia Cris said...

Awn! I sang this song to a audience of teenagers when I was a teenager myself, I will never forget the embarrassment. :)

Great inspiration for a wonderful poem!

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