The Innocent and the Damned

Eli Edward Evangelidis (2018)
Used with Permission

What choice is this to make,
to take another’s life to sustain my own?
Caught between steel blade and grey stone,
an innocent white lamb and the devil’s own
the path is strewn with littered bones
no beauty here only cankered moonstones
left poisoned, tainted by the ancient crones
whose wild madness was their own
with a lasting gift to us of decaying trees
as they wither, tremble and groan.

©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg

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14 Comments on “The Innocent and the Damned

  1. Your description is full of both beauty and pain – every line a gem, but especially this couplet:
    Caught between steel blade and grey stone,
    an innocent white lamb and the devil’s own

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  2. Love this! ❤️ Yours is a righteous approach to the artwork with stunning and vivid imagery! 😀

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  3. In my opinion, this could be a metaphor for so many things… I really admire the rhyme – I need to put more effort in a few more rhymes in my poems – I’ve gotten lazy.

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  4. Beautiful writing… I too think it needs to be read out loud. I wrote rhyme into my poem, but yours flows beautifully.

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