Only If: “He’s Gone Mad”


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This poem opens up the Epic Poem: “Only If,” – which is due to be released soon…



He’s Mad

The disturbing thoughts that are born in a mad man’s mind.

The hatred that has soaked his soul blind.

Fuming furious ranting whispers that sing through moist lips

and a drunken spirit.

The poor man has gone mad.

Mad, I say.

No longer innocent.

For he has gone astray

to the darkened pits of Hell.

Nobody can save him…

For the devil has kidnapped his soul…

Will he ever see a glorious light?

Does his heart feel that it is worth the fight?

Mad, they say.

He has gone mad.

…What is his story?

.or will they judge by evil darkness that creeps from his sunken eyes?

He drowns in a never-ending pit of darkness…

Mad, they say.

He’s mad.



Can his troubled soul ever be saved?

Or will he forever,

mutter the thoughts as a mad man from his lonely grave?

-Ariana R. Cherry 2016

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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