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The Compression of Invisible Shards of Prison Glass Within Our City

There are the days,
the sun, a heady furnace,
burgeoning lasers and storms
of white, frying me in a crouch,
as the charging knights on horses
of glass come round to crush our souls
while we earn a meager living, one
that certainly requires gratitude, but one
that requires imprisonment within the
towers of slick darkness reflecting the evils
of those we never see, of those who would
starve us of our grand purpose, who would
steal our grace, would have us grip the
carpeting, chewing plastic trucks
waiting for freedom that will never be
here in our canons of dark light,
longingly searching for anyone
who might comfort us in our
endless decline.

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I was happy to be able to participate in Claudia’s hosting on impressionism at dVerse.

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  1. #1 by Susan L Daniels on August 9, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    Wow–I have never seen a “take me to the hospital” tag before. Great poem.

    • #2 by Carl on August 9, 2012 - 10:39 pm

      Thank you for your comment. That tag is half humor, half serious and is a play on the song by that name.

  2. #3 by Jerry on August 9, 2012 - 10:53 pm

    The title is a stand alone line in itself!

    • #4 by Carl on August 15, 2012 - 9:52 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Jerry.

  3. #5 by Edward Coleman on August 9, 2012 - 11:07 pm

    Bravo!

    • #6 by Carl on August 15, 2012 - 9:53 pm

      You’re very kind! Thank you for your comment!

  4. #7 by claudia on August 10, 2012 - 2:14 am

    first…great title …and you used fantastic images like…one
    that certainly requires gratitude, but one
    that requires imprisonment within the
    towers of slick darkness… this is one of the poems that i think i feel more than that i actually see it.. great you joined in for the prompt carl..

    • #8 by Carl on August 15, 2012 - 9:55 pm

      Thank you for stopping in and reading, Claudia. I appreciate your kindness.

  5. #9 by John (@bookdreamer) on August 10, 2012 - 3:25 am

    Great title and sharp images

    • #10 by Carl on August 15, 2012 - 9:56 pm

      Thank you for your comment, John.

  6. #11 by brian miller on August 10, 2012 - 6:50 am

    wow…right from the title you are setting the grit in this…and capturing emotion though imagery and great word choice…its rough times indeed and wiht that comes great emotion and struggle and you capture that well

    • #12 by Carl on August 15, 2012 - 9:57 pm

      Brian, thank you for coming by and reading and commenting. I appreciate your kindness.

  7. #13 by charlesmashburn on August 10, 2012 - 6:58 am

    Great write! Very vivid, awesome title, and one terrific line after another. I sense a similarity in theme between your poem and mine this week.
    http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/we-used-to-have-heroes/

    • #14 by Carl on August 15, 2012 - 9:59 pm

      Thank you, Charles. I enjoyed your piece.

  8. #15 by Victoria C. Slotto on August 10, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    Carl, you captured the prompt so well…light, darkness and the feeling behind it.

    • #16 by Carl on August 15, 2012 - 10:00 pm

      Thank you, Victoria.

  9. #17 by Carl D'Agostino on August 12, 2012 - 6:59 am

    comfort us in our
    endless decline.

    Hits home as just found out 88 year old mother advanced stage 4 cancer to liver. Parents have lived with me last 10 years and I am sole caretaker. No sense chemo and will keep her here at home. Pray her “decline” painless and swift.

    • #18 by Carl on August 15, 2012 - 10:03 pm

      I’m sorry about your Mother, Carl. I’m hoping you have all of the strength in the world as you support her and others on the journey.

  10. #19 by Evelyn on August 16, 2012 - 11:21 am

    incredible. the flow is pure mastery.

    • #20 by Carl on August 20, 2012 - 9:57 pm

      You are very kind to say that. I appreciate your comment.

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