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Both angel and demon in an earthly plight
struggle within our fragile flesh,
our minds and souls, our wrong or right,
as contentions escalate, no side abates,
and we within to mediate
the throng of celestial beings
at war within our sentient sight.
Both storms and calm attests
the endless conflict without regret,
and we at the centre cannot forget
the stakes of such a divided world,
inclinations for either side,
vying for directions that yield
such alternate realities.
Only we decide our fate,
to break the darkness and avow the light,
or fall for the demon’s legacy
to keep humanity in desperate ways,
yearning for flesh and blood-letting
to avenge the powers of right,
and maintain the shadowed night.
Such ethereal dreams spark my pain,
restrain and striving for betterment
but a glimmer of what I am,
too lost to save, too saved for darkness,
I reside within the conflict,
gifted with insight and foresight
but ill-equipped for the witnessing.
My Catatonic Cat
Flashes like intense white explosions
zap through curtain breaks, and in the count
I await the thunderous cracks,
to estimate the storm’s coming or going
as my cat, in a catatonic state,
hides like a ball of fur beneath my bed.
Outside, clouds amass in ominous darkness,
as if wearing a mask of velvet black,
eyes seemingly averted, to suddenly
light up the sky in hues
of gradient blue attack, as time
in silent wake anticipates the release.
Sleep now at the mercy of rumbling rain,
building to crescendo upon my roof and pane,
sibilant drum rolls of thrashing,
a building, then receding, in a random fashion
as still, my cat remains,
lost to a mind of turbulent restraint.
And as my count increases,
those discordant affronts do fade,
and the rain now aches
from its fractious cascades,
to settle into a softer calmer tirade,
a hissing murmur in the night to ease the fright.
And the cat sighs as if his first exhalation,
held breath from that first flash of light,
the plight of storms not his favourite.
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