Many thoughts sift through my mind
I write them for another time
Perhaps I’ll use them up just now
Or put them into verse somehow
I struggle to express myself
The words just end up on a shelf
A clutter deep and beautiful
Striving to be exceptional
Darkness retreats into a void
As morning comes with cold embrace
The sun, his solemn light employed
Yet still no warmth found in that place
Cold and barren, the air doth bite
A dirty mist creeps o’er the land
The frigid wind curls, full of spite
Frosty breath, chapped lips and cracked hands
January mists, cold white veils
Mock the sun and his forlorn light
The cold rebuke of frost prevails
Subtle displays of strength and might
Like wispy trails of death they drift
Harsh whispers on low hollow sighs
O’er barren fields and roads they shift
Neath heaven’s distant watchful eye
Evening dons her icy crown
Adornment for her frosty gown
Choosing her favorite jewelry
To accent her modest beauty
Tinkling golds and sparkling whites
Dance and glint with brilliant light
The Mountains wait in white tuxedos
Snow cascades down through the meadows
The sun spills pink across their faces
Sweet champagne on high places
Marshmallow clouds blushing pink
Giggling with glee, I think
The Sun lays down to sleep
No more his watch this day to keep
Evening dances with delight
While colors fade into the night
The snow glistens in soft moonlight
While stars shine forth in fading light
The blushing clouds fade into blues
Purples, grays and darker hues
Nightfall comes on quietly
As Evening dances blissfully
Spectacular, lovely is she
Of soft and perfect beauty be
The grand ball at an end you see
Pronounced complete by royal decree
Good night my darling Evening
Sweet dreams as you lay sleeping
Until next time we pass this way
We bid adieu for another day
© Alan “Jedi” Zaugg 2018
This was originally posted to Medium.
A single ladder, clearly forgotten;
Standing forever, firm and immovable.
A broken mirror, foreboding caution;
Once truly believed to be unbreakable.
Chains hang by the door with a lock and key.
Each link is enforced, eternally bound.
The chains witness to an eternal decree.
Once found now is lost, or lost now is found.
A Raven black, deep as the night
With crimson eyes, taken in flight.
Two statues of stone stand guard in this place.
Expressions of sorrow, filled with anguish;
A meadow of bones, a tenebrous space
Filled with foreboding, laden with languish.
Rain beats down upon heart and soul.
Lightning flashes and thunder rolls.
A dream, a reality, or in-between;
It all seems the same, it bleeds into one.
No way to separate the horrible scene.
Just let it play out until it is done.
© Alan “Jedi” Zaugg 2018
I harness darkness in my soul.
Unto what end? I do not know.
A monster lives within my mind
Quite frankly he’s not very kind
To release or to unveil
The monster likely will prevail
Of this how could I possibly know?
I’ve heard his screams and of his woes.
Like tasty bait upon a hook
Fear lures him from his hellish nook
Self destruction marks his wake
A hefty toll his vengeance takes
His weapon unimaginable hell
I won’t release him from his cell
Afraid I am, to set him free
The fear it paralyzes me
Deep within these catacombs
My creativity makes its home
It’s guarded by the demon’s guile
Released, but only once a while
The monster, he controls me here
He feeds on my relentless fear
I cry because he tells me to
I laugh in hopes of breaking through
I often curl up in a ball
To simply stare at my cell wall
Survival is my destiny
Because I know I’ll never be free
Meantime, I’ll create when so allowed
From way beneath the darkened shroud
Perchance the demon falls asleep
I’ll share the beauty of the deep.
A brand new empty canvas
Before me, it awaits
A story still unfolding
The story I create
I weave more brilliant tales
New characters and places
I’m fleshing out details
So as I write this poem
My mind doth contemplate
The words in me are forming
Stories to captivate
Originally written on Medium.
I can’t escape from my own mind
These thoughts, they are so unkind
Leaving me to my own vice
Continue to pay a heavy price
Please help me to escape this hell
I feel so very very unwell
I’m lost and feeling all alone
I don’t know which way to go
No, I really do know where to go
It’s getting there, oh I don’t know
The world travels ever on
And so I wait until I’m gone
I know this seems like tragedy
No, no, it’s mere mortality
Perhaps I’m stuck inside a rut
I need something, I don’t know what
Just let me be, for I can see
This feeling will forever be
I’ll crawl my way back to my hole
And hide within my darkened soul