Dark Poetry: These Chains


The darkness was full of sorrow…
And bleak.
but it did not wither me,
nor make me weak…

For a time,
I may have bathed in its mist,
but the coolness of the frozen air,
it lay brutal…
My mind,
it did try to twist.

A putrid lonley darkness once haunted me.
It held me close yet so far away,
as it tortured me with agony, binding me in its servile chains
and refusing to set me free.

I was its prisoner…
But I did not ask
anyone to come rescue me.

Tis it was time that held me prisoner,
not the despairing darkness,
For it had captured my blackened cold heart.
I had only longed for someone to come
and break every single fragile bone of mine apart.

Every nerve…every afflictive tingle-
it felt persistent pain.
And I had nothing else left to gain.

These rusty chains and shackles were my falling grace,
even with the dirty tears
that shamelessly stained my distant poker face.

…The only thing I felt…
was the horrific darkness that invaded
my small…
so small resting place.

These binding chains…
were my only reliable friends-
keeping me safe
from such a terrible horrific end.

-Ariana R. Cherry 2017

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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