Speakeasy #131 entry



He only did one thing well; stifled all

my cries.  As panic strikes, my breath consumed.

He sits upon my scream; my call for help.

Intones a mutter: “We are not alone.”

A cold and frozen stare from others share.

The blade of conscience cuts where once I erred.

Sharp, hollowed-out “Betrayal!” drives my dream.

But, suckled to the sound that was my past,

his bellows draws the air from out my lungs

to fan the crushing heat. A thirsty cry

now crackles and pretends a human voice.

Sigh silently, we cling together now.

Then quick, my lover leapt into that fire.

“Conspirator!” I cry.  But no one hears…

(Form: Blank verse, Iambic Pentameter.)

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12 Comments on “Speakeasy #131 entry”

  1. Angela Death
    October 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    The desperation in this poem is tangible. It is simply beautiful!


  2. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    October 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Thank you for response. Was trying to suggest how, sometimes, you open your mouth to speak or scream in a dream but nothing comes out, especially if it is a terrifying one.


  3. jannatwrites
    October 16, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    This was terrifying – I had trouble breathing! Love this line, “The blade of conscience cuts where once I erred.”


  4. Grace Black
    October 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    You do this so well! Each line woven brilliantly. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Suzanne
    October 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Excellent work, as usual, Jacqueline! Love the intensity and the vivid imagery. Like Janna, I found it tough to breathe while reading this.


  6. nataliedeyoung
    October 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Always enjoy your poetry! This one’s imagery is compact and packs a punch. 🙂


  7. Justice
    October 18, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    Amazing poem. I loved it!


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