when everything else fails

I Sip A Bitter Cocktail

every drop tastes in bitterness divine
every tear freezes harder where cheeks align
with dearest death oh sweetness i entwine
with feelings drowned in sorrow i shall resign

pure love is a failed campaign for glory
where that cup of victory is a hard sip
lay groveling in sand dirtied in details gory
is the only victory your hand will dip

countless are the lies set in absent shame
clouded minds made all mistakes done in heat
when you are a two who will take the blame
will you or your other one still beloved in defeat

in hollow anger shame flies like autumn birds
fleeing from approaching terrible winter dates
in that absent shame let forth violent words
like a lake hugged in freezing wintered fate

lay groveling in sand of defeat this cold november
in reminiscence of glory days when time flies
in bitterness an empty smile i remember
and will lay freezing when every fleck of light dies

resigned from life this empty shell becomes me
now lay weeping of days with happier dealings
how a mighty oak gives way to a cold axe in fury
chip by chip every sorrow strikes with harder feelings

this november final flowers of a season blooms and wither
count those fragile petals before wind blows them away
reality is a frame lost in reason and doused bitter
death is a cocktail that tastes better come your final day

in shivering cold i count each cycle of day and night
just empty numbers meant for dying petals by the lake
and count and sip every drop divine till i loose the fight
oh tears shall freeze harder my dearest when death shall take


11 responses

  1. Beautiful poem, it could be either a young person missing the warmth of summers sweet sun filled days seeing Autumn slipping into Winter and dreading it ,or an older person reflecting on their past life with all it’s highs and lows and lessons learned fearing the winter of their life which seems to be creeping up faster than they like …sad ,has the best been had?? XXXX

    November 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  2. “pure love is a failed campaign for glory” Such immaculate metaphors. So beautifully done

    “how a mighty oak gives way to a cold axe in fury” Yes, it does so often feel we are struck down after each achievement and after every season of strength.

    Your words themselves taste a bit bitter and sweet. Such a wonderfully crafted lament. It touches my soul and accents the shadows on my heart. I have missed reading your words lately. I am very glad to see you writing again. You truly have a gift!

    November 4, 2011 at 1:09 am

  3. Oh, and also, I did investigate the bands you recommended to me. I have been listening to “the Mantle” by Agalloch and it is really very hauntingly beautiful

    November 4, 2011 at 1:11 am

    • I’m glad you found agalloch interesting. “The Mantle” as an album is epic with it’s ambient beats and folkish nature. I hope you would explore their other albums too, each different but masterpieces in their own right. 🙂

      November 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

  4. Seeking True and lasting Love…like seeking Fame and Glory…so fleeting and tragic…consumes all

    Welcome back

    November 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

  5. Androgoth

    A rather sad but impressive piece of
    poetry my friend and welcome back 🙂
    Do have a most excellent start to the
    week and be very well Fallenelegy 🙂


    November 7, 2011 at 2:41 am

  6. I love this beautiful but haunting tale of impending death. Life itself is sometimes a very bitter cocktail. Excellent expression, Fallenelegy.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:26 am

  7. Androgoth

    I hope that you are well my friend 🙂


    November 14, 2011 at 6:32 am

  8. this is so sad, but very greatly written..:-D

    November 19, 2011 at 4:00 am

  9. Hello and happy weekend to you . I have nominated you for the Liebster blog award. You are one of the most talented poets on this blog. Instructions are on my page. willow xxx

    November 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    • oh i’m honored. thanks a lot. you too are worthy of the award for having such a inspiring blog.

      November 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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