As the Abyss Stares back…

As the Abyss Stares Back
As the Abyss Stares Back

Peering into an abyss
so laden with fear it remains shallow,
the fear subsides, as falling would be resting
on the jetsam of fear’s refuse,
wallowing in what used to sting,
make flesh cringe, so dried and out of whack,
as fear now falls to another realm,
at the helm of a vessel I pilot not.

When the abyss stares back,
its endless depth of black is a shuddered chill,
an ill of the unknown,
but comes a time when so many fears
have ground us down in time’s lament,
we no longer care,
what more despair can be known,
and so the abyss cowers and fades from view.

The black is just a light-less patch,
shadows just a cast match
that can only move by the light’s address,
and I in my chosen plight
see not that abyss as menacing,
just a conglomeration of my past fears,
lost and pointless in their displaced tears,
and I at the edge, fall not into their chaos.

I used to stare often into that uncertain void,
when imagination surpassed reality’s hold,
and in the havoc of its incessant voice,
I quivered like some broken winged sparrow,
but now it pays me no attention,
just a hole I step around,
like a puddle on the ground,
no longer a fear, but acknowledged.

Abyss is our private nemesis,
our fears culmination of form
and the pinnacle of all our woes,
the last dire step into oblivion, the final storm,
when life just strangles our good sense
to peal away our reasons for going on,
yet it is our creation, our damnation
accepted, when it is not even there at all.

Tony DeLorger © 2018

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

4 thoughts on “As the Abyss Stares back…

  • July 13, 2018 at 10:52 PM
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    Such an interesting viewpoint of the abyss, a nemesis, fears culmination of form, pinnacle of woes. I really like this piece, Tony. It is nicely penned, a pleasure to read and very thought provoking. It is a positive aspect of a negative thing. An acceptance, a place of learning from life. Kudos! Take care.

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  • July 13, 2018 at 11:20 PM
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    Much appreciated Phyllis, glad you enjoyed the thoughts. Sometimes we just take for granted what we already think, without seeking another perspective. Cheers!

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  • July 15, 2018 at 7:19 AM
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    No matter how we think about an Abyss, it will always be a testy often black hole in many of our paths. To overcome that feeling of woe and despair takes much strength and a deep respect for it. Overcoming the darkest hours in our lives, we often are subjects captured in it’s web. I admire any person who can step to it’s edge and laugh out loudly without any fear of it, spit in it’s face and like your description, walk away from it as easily as a puddle in our way. To gravitate towards doom and a feeling of hopelessness does not a full person make. I pray dear Poet your abyss has strengthened your character. Very well penned indeed.

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  • July 15, 2018 at 7:23 PM
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    So pleased you appreciate it Vincent, as we all have faced that abyss many times, I know. We survive in facing it and moving on, our purpose spilled in words eternal. Cheers!

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