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Witch Hunt by R Bennett Okerstrom Defeating the evil that takes away life is more difficult than it seems. [165 words]
Sanguinary by R Bennett Okerstrom The blood continues to flow in this experimental preface followed by poetry. [128 words]
Influence by R Bennett Okerstrom How influential can a demon of the night be? [218 words]
Attempted Suicide by Rowan Davies NB: Don't read this if you're suicidal. In fact you probably shouldn't read it if you're a fa... [143 words]
The War: What Next? by Musaum War! [37 words]
Rising Angel by Stuart Eric Longridge Its not a being its a consciousness/materialism. [114 words]
The Airforce Of Nature by August Nyghts - [151 words]
Night Life by August Nyghts - [176 words]
My Birds In Paradise by August Nyghts - [45 words]
In The Morning by August Nyghts - [81 words]
He Says by August Nyghts - [118 words]
And Then by August Nyghts - [86 words]
No One by August Nyghts Been single for awhile [157 words]
Afraid Of Buildings by Peter Rivendell Written one unhappy morning, but I got a poem out of it... [132 words]
Lagos by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A poem about lagos, the commercial nerve centre and former capital of Nigeria. [158 words]
Sarcophagus
Heaven Is Hell's Fire by Jeffrey (George) Winter - [108 words]
Tease by Tessa I was recently told that I'm a tease- I guess I kind of am because I've stayed single and abstinent for o... [216 words]
Your Own Shadow by David B Doc Byron A poem about Vampires, man! [79 words]
Waterfalls by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A poem about life. [134 words]
Waste by Tessa Saw a picture and got mad again. Hate having him in my thoughts, so, I tried to write him out. Shall I re... [20 words]
Transient Love by M I Chulkova - [103 words]
They Called Them Black by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi - [115 words]
The Year's 1st Rain by Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin Ii The title explains the theme of the work. Ara- in line 8, is a Yoruba (South-Western Nigeri... [74 words]
The Harmattan by Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin Ii This is about the harsh weather conditions endured by Nigerians and some other Africans during th... [60 words]
The Creator by The Birdman Things in life can be interpreted either good or bad, determining this can only be excepted by you. [79 words]
The Chimera by Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin Ii This poem is about the rejection the writer suffered from a girl who was his dream. [73 words]
The Book by Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin Ii The last line of the poem summarizes its theme. [61 words]
Stolen Kiss by Tessa Thinking about this and reliving a nice, stolen moment... [214 words]
Steam Heat by Judith Goff A little something to warm a winter's day? [20 words]
St Valentine's Curse by Rowan Davies Love is weird. [144 words]
Soaked In Deja-Vu by Stuart Eric Longridge I was just wondering. [130 words]
Skins by David B Doc Byron - [105 words]
Secret Place 2 by Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin Ii This is a cry of desire of Godís transforming presence, which is encountered through earnest pra... [83 words]
Samarkand.... The Market I Searched For by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi Dedicated to nigerian nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. A meditation on his ... [413 words]
Sacrificial Lamb by Judith Goff - [94 words]
Reverie by Judith Goff - [100 words]
Psychedelic Travels by Ryon Smith A journey thru the mind of a man with endless visions and inspiring quests... [91 words]
Propaganda Bait by Stuart Eric Longridge The great media movie, we are all finally famous. Yee-ha. [170 words]
Predator by Judith Goff - [84 words]
People's Voices by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi - [40 words]
Oh What A Dream! by Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin Ii Using the archetype of furniture making as style, the writer writes a book in this dream. He w... [120 words]
Of Love And Of Thy Compassion... by Reagan Rothe The story of a past relationship I had best desribed in this poetic masterpiec... [94 words]
Mezmerized by Judith Goff Oh, the lure of the darkness. [165 words]
Lily The Dog by August Nyghts My roommate's dog. [152 words]
In The Eventide by Judith Goff - [100 words]
In Honor Of Columbia by Amy Poet This is a poem I wrote in honor of the Columbia Astronauts. [138 words]
Illumination by Tessa Hmmm... Salvation was already taken... Ah, well... [119 words]
Her Wares Wither by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A haiku. [8 words]
God's Nature by Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin Ii This poem is a mirror of Godís relationship with the author. [85 words]
Furious by Tessa Still so angry at an ex-boyfriend that turned psycho stalker on me. He put me through hell, caused me t... [151 words]
Epilogue by Judith Goff - [35 words]
End Time Rhyme by Stuart Eric Longridge - [81 words]
devil In Us by Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin Ii This explains that God is an expert in removing the evil (here dubbed: ĎdEVILí) or the devil (which... [51 words]
Daddy Ain't No Man No More by Rowan Davies Figure it out. [99 words]
Come What May by Stuart Eric Longridge Easy life. [239 words]
Cabin Fever by August Nyghts A thought that came and went. [23 words]
Bang!Bang!Bang! by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A meditation on the bomb blasts in Nigeria in jan 2002 and feb 2003 [78 words]
Auba 'varcity by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A pantoum. [139 words]
Africa My Africa by Toris Okotie History has taught us it's lessons, but the pain of those slaves still leaves a mark on us. [122 words]
A Prayer To Gaia by Stuart Eric Longridge We have a lot of explaining to do. [107 words]
Dance Floor Snap Shot by August Nyghts changed the title - sounds better i think [54 words]
I'm A Pharmacist,Not A Poet by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi - [78 words]
Why Me by Mine Able Being loved. [96 words]
Why I Got High, Ran Away, And Just Generally Screwed Myself Up by Pearl S A thought that popped into my head today. I thin... [34 words]
Unending Rain by Peter Rivendell Crime doesn`t pay. [76 words]
Twenty Children Can't Play For Twenty Years by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi The title says it all. [95 words]
Transformation by Judith Goff I know, I know, vampires again.... [152 words]
Traces Of You by Judith Goff - [99 words]
They Set Us Free, A Collection by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A collection of poems: 1) they set us free this is a poem about freedom from ra... [1,214 words]
The Real World by Stuart Eric Longridge I wrote this for my dad,whose last older relative passed on. [80 words]
The Great Pyramid Decoded A Bit.The Principal Facination Part 2 by Stuart Eric Longridge Just trying to show that the ancients had techn... [400 words]
Thats Entertainment by Stuart Eric Longridge - [105 words]
Storymania by R Bennett Okerstrom What is Storymania? [97 words]
Soul Of A Dove by Judith Goff - [73 words]
Sequence by Peter Rivendell Playing and losing a game with fate. [202 words]
Saddam Hussein by R Bennett Okerstrom I was bored. Therefore I write. [39 words]
Prayer by Tessa Trying to save myself... [195 words]
Player by Judith Goff When the player tires of the game.... [57 words]
Pissed by August Nyghts - [112 words]
Pierrot by Peter Rivendell A love letter, after a fashion. [196 words]
Pic Ka Beat by August Nyghts An oldie. [156 words]
Phone Poem by Desmond Swords A snapshot style poem about identity. [254 words]
Pause by Sylvia Browne Columbia. [138 words]
Our Relatives Are Familiar Strangers by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A poem about modern day slavery. [90 words]
My 4th Grade Valentine by August Nyghts - [71 words]
Lord Of The Rings by Stuart Eric Longridge Where it ends it has begun. [72 words]
Listen To The Wall Geckos Singing From A Balcony by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi Tale of a divorcee. [90 words]
Know Your God by Stuart Eric Longridge Materialism / luciferianism. [125 words]
I Can't Be Mad by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A poem about a mentally imbalanced guy. [139 words]
Honeybloom by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi It's about the kid no one prays to have. [96 words]
Hoes And Bitches by August Nyghts Dedicated to all the pimps, creeps and wanna be playas. [237 words]
Heaven Bound by Judith Goff As did Sylvia, I felt the need to express my feelings on this day of national tragedy, and as she ... [124 words]
Haunted by Tessa And still he whispers... as I try to hang on. Temptation... can sometimes get the best of you... but I'... [118 words]
Guitar by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A haiku. [8 words]
Gele by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A haiku [8 words]
Death Lives Nearby by Toluwalope Olugbenga Ogunlesi A haiku. [8 words]
Dear Mother by August Nyghts For my mother, I wish I had better things to say. [85 words]
Dear Mister Keys, by August Nyghts My first Epistle Poem. [239 words]
Celtic Warriors by Stuart Eric Longridge The mess in N.Ireland. [99 words]
Catch Me If You Can by David B Doc Byron Jack The Ripper, one of the infamous serial killers in history, leaves a calling card. [404 words]
Bob The Banana's Magical Acid Ride by Drew Schroder Bob takes a magical ride.... [93 words]
A Tragedy Of Love by Parker Short little poem. Please review, thanks. [111 words]

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TITLE (EDIT)
Sarcophagus
DESCRIPTION
Grief and betrayal in a bleak landscape.
[204 words]
AUTHOR
Peter Rivendell
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Who me? Born in 1962. Wrote prolifically as a teenager, heavily influenced by books & the music of the time. Stopped writing for 20 years more or less. But started again...
Some of the work here dates from the "early period" - 1979-1982. The rest is since 2000.
I`ve no idea whether I`m a better writer now or then. Maybe I was never any good! I`ve always wondered.
Feedback most welcome...

I've not visited this site at all since January 2006 as I shortly after discovered the unfettred joys of blogging. I'm still writing and actually had a very good summer of writing. I'm posting a recent poem here now but all my recent work is available on my blog - take a look - http://peter-rivendell-poems.blogspot.com/

[December 2006]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (53)
A Bright Blue Cloudless Sky (Poetry) A cheery work about emotional displacement, I suppose is one way of putting it. But whatever you think. [184 words]
Across Fields (Poetry) - [25 words] [Relationships]
Adventure Playground (Poetry) - [113 words]
Afraid Of Buildings (Poetry) Written one unhappy morning, but I got a poem out of it... [132 words]
Arriving (Poetry) Just a poem about the way I`ve been feeling lately. [65 words]
At Sea (Poetry) - [39 words]
Best Friend (Poetry) Sometimes you can`t even choose your friends. [62 words]
Catch The Moon (Poetry) An uncertain tale of "forbidden" love. [92 words]
Confusion 1 (Poetry) A game with destiny? You decide. [169 words]
Curiosity Of Nations (Poetry) The destruction of an old way of living leads to escape and renewal. [254 words]
Decisions (Poetry) - [59 words]
Decisions Of Allegiance (Poetry) As a teenager, I revealed my most precious secret to my best friend - my love for him. He rejected me. That painful experience influenced some of the thoughts in this poem. [150 words]
Deep Water (Poetry) Just another day. I know this feeling but we`re not close friends, fortunately. [107 words]
Distortion (Poetry) Written about a million years ago, but still makes a kind of sense...? [129 words]
Drowned (Poetry) A lyric for a love song of sorts - [293 words]
Echoes On Water (Poetry) - [19 words]
Expedition (Poetry) A view of the future? Or a view of the past? Is there any difference? [170 words]
Falling (Poetry) the first poem I wrote after years of not writing... it`s about a feeling that I often have lately, that somewhere along the line, something`s gone horribly wrong and I can`t quite put my finger on it... [132 words]
Flow (Poetry) - [106 words]
Flowers That Only Last A Day (Poetry) - [40 words]
Global Warming (Poetry) - [64 words]
Gone (Poetry) Being miserable is the new black. [197 words]
Heart Of Our Home. (Poetry) Betrayal is not always the greatest betrayal. [83 words]
I Wait (Poetry) Another tale of urban anxiety... probably as much a song as a poem. [133 words]
In Memoriam (Poetry) Short and bitter-sweet. [38 words]
Isolation (Poetry) A poem about... [26 words]
Magazine (Poetry) This poem was inspired by the Berlin novels of Christopher Isherwood (which inspired the musical "Cabaret"). It`s a story set at the moment when you realise that while you`ve been oblivious to events ... [251 words]
Marching Band (Poetry) When love fades... a lyric as much as a poem... [96 words]
Nightscape (Poetry) - [100 words]
Nightwalk (Poetry) About walking alone at night. That`s it. [193 words]
Opening Up (Poetry) Am I no longer enjoying my job...? [198 words]
Paused In Traffic. (Poetry) The January blues, I guess. [100 words]
Performers (Poetry) When you feel like an outsider, sometimes you hope no one ever notices... Written when I was 18. Seems strange to me now, but can just about remember feeling like this - glad I was able to write it do... [239 words]
Pierrot (Poetry) A love letter, after a fashion. [196 words]
Pushing The River (Poetry) - [39 words]
Random Acts (Poetry) Written by writing lines at random and then organising them into a more "organic" kind of flow - and somehow, it tells a story and makes sense. Just an experiment, but a telling one? [204 words]
Scared (Poetry) - [74 words]
Scratched To Grey (Poetry) ... being in love with someone who can never love you back... [145 words]
Sequence (Poetry) Playing and losing a game with fate. [202 words]
Silent Command (Poetry) - [208 words]
Swimming Against The Tide (Poetry) - [90 words]
The Beating Of Wings (Poetry) For you to decide. [254 words]
The Fundamental Loneliness And Futility Of Our Lives In The Context Of The Vast Infinity Of Time And Space... (Poetry) A feeling. [28 words]
The Storm Inside Him (Poetry) The Storm Inside Him [108 words]
The Trees (Control) (Poetry) It`s up to you to decide. I know what I think. (Title: Control - but that was already taken) [161 words]
Thoughts Of A War (Poetry) Leaving home... [240 words]
Threats (Poetry) Sometimes, even in a crowded place you can feel totally alone... [73 words] [Gay & Lesbian]
Trapped In The Masque (Poetry) A dark hymn for troubled times. [120 words]
Triptych (Poetry) Three linked poems about alienation. [339 words]
Two (Poetry) Just a fragment... but it tells the whole story. [24 words]
Unending Rain (Poetry) Crime doesn`t pay. [76 words]
Wave (Poetry) - [34 words]
When Winter Comes (Poetry) The struggle to connect. [148 words]
Sarcophagus
Peter Rivendell

She grows flowers in her sarcophagus.
Kept alone in a room, all draped with veils and gentle kisses
And a breeze from outside.
She glances in mirrors and sometimes smiles,
Murmurs forbidden words in cryptic voice,
As trembling hand caresses the breast she once gave to hungry mouths.
She swings a door and gazes into empty rooms where children played
And chased and swam in tears and paint.
A look at the stairs, and a thousand hills to climb
Appear, are conquered.
And coloured flags slide along the bannister.
Sweeping a strand of grey into the distance,
Tears released onto the ravaged landscape
Drip and form flowers on the ledge.

She grows flowers in her sarcophagus.
Precious oils flake and crumble despairingly,
Distraught, too late for their purpose.
Children giggle, bodies inflamed
And infected. Delerium marches on.
The wedding ring slips to the knuckle. No longer fitting.
Another cornered memory in another corner,
There to tell the truth she told so long ago.
Thirty years and five graves in her garden,
Crossed and sure. Collecting leaves and pock marks
From the acid wind.
The air was somehow cleaner then and visions of a better world
Assault the front step and bridge the gap she allowed to open.
Only the soil embraces the dead.
Following plans on unseen orders.
Unquestioning devotion was her human folly,
Her luxury in a cold playroom
With flowers in a sarcophagus.
      

 

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"a very good poem filled with nice imagery. It is also very sad for I came close to losing my own child and in a way I can relate." -- Nikky Epperly.

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