I Keep This Dark as a Memento

I Keep This Dark as a Memento


Eyes sunken; a window to the soul,

a path behind that bone white smile.

How ironic; those autumnal miles,

Where all dies in beautiful wholes—


Then She comes, seeking enlightenment

Edifying the monster in me,

In pretense how the god aping flea,

bluffs accordant to omnipotence.


To fame at depicting constraint,

One has to own his convictions

Conscious of his own afflictions,

Able to prevail through restraints


He becomes the rocks on the shore

And lets the waves, crash and diffuse

As those rocks he too is abstruse

like a blessed engine that implores.


How lovingly bleak is oblivion?

Purity in the storms of darkness

Quietude in poignant starkness

And the mind, the recipient—


And like an old stained glass window

The true beauty shows from within

In the lit candles contrasting sin

It gleams the shade, and its mastery shows.


In the silent storm comes a glint,

Where a tiny cast of light breaks wide

It opens the heart, becomes the guide

And obscure thoughts disperse in footprints—


–as we step, one foot then the next

scraping out a living from the soil

shedding the spites of our mortal coils,

we ascend in life’s aftereffects


Ironic, how darkness leaves its mark

And how dark thoughts and light collide

Then, if you cannot find the bright side

You can always sit comfortably in the dark.


I keep this dark as a memento

An understanding of it place

How its being is something embraced

Light without dark are blank echoes…

Paul Neglia
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Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

5 thoughts on “I Keep This Dark as a Memento

  • January 10, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Some lovely wordplay and expression Paul, that balance between darkness and light our earthly challenge. Beautifully penned and thought-provoking my friend. A small oversight…’one foot then the next’.

    • January 10, 2017 at 7:16 PM

      Thank you so much for your kind words. That balance is so important. Thank you for pointing that Minor error I will correct it now. Much thanks.~Paul

  • January 10, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Great imagery and phrasing. Paul. I agree with Tony on “that balance between darkness and light being our earthly challenge.” Well done, Paul, an enjoyable read.

    • January 10, 2017 at 7:21 PM

      Phyllis thank you so much. Your kind words mean a lot. That balance between Darkness and Light is so important in life. Sometimes people don’t understand that the darkness has its own kind of beauty. Much appreciated Phyllis~Paul

  • January 11, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    So beautiful Paul..I think we all have to deal with darkness and light in our lives ..They are sort of entwined and we would never know one exists if we are not aware of existence of the other…And as you said darkness has its own monotonous charm and it makes us appreciate light more..Thank you so much for sharing your masterful words..Have a lovely day!


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