Dark Inspiring Poetry: “Stories in my Head”

Walking down a crowded side street,
My weary head hangs low, careful not to meet the eye
Of the others who pass me by.
Afraid they may see the thoughts spiraling that
consume me in my screaming head
The darkness swimming with all the creatures of dread.
Sometimes those thoughts speak louder than the words that
escape my anxious mouth,
So I walk on, careful not to look up…
I’m afraid they might see me today…
I’m afraid they might see what I could be…
So I walk on, careful not to look up.
…Above, the clouds dance at an inferior low
Staring at the sunless sky, I dream of a silent mind…
One that neither screams nor talks…for just a quick minute.
…But I can’t imagine that the universe could ever be so kind,
For my hopes and dreams of a one minute silent mind.
I hide behind my story-inspiring music…
Instrumental poetry blaring in my ears,
The tunes that calm my soul, as I carry on down the street,
Careful not to meet the eyes of all the people that I meet…
They don’t know what it may have took,
For me to traverse so far today…
From the warmth of my morning bed,
To the place, where all the stories live out in my head…
Passing by all the people whose eyes that I try not to meet.
They don’t hear all the commotion of the traffic that lives inside my thoughts,
As I so cautiously, try to make sense of it all,
connecting the strange dots.
Traveling through the downtown, I take notice,
Everyone looking at each other throughout the crowd,
Wondering whose eyes are behind the stories that they see…
While I hang my head low…
Careful that they don’t see me.
I wish to stay secret…
To hide them from this contagious darkness…
trying not to let it creep….
So that only I am the one who has to
escape from it as I sleep…
I carefully walk on, in time to my music
Mysteriously passing on by,
With my head hanging low,
Careful, that nobody else,
Meets my eye.
– Ariana R Cherry 2019

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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