Within the Silent Flame

Unseen within the silent flame

Time stood still years after waiting

her thirst left unrequited

the vision within held but not taken

each year growing darker with time

distorted words growing  silent

misery’s half empty glass gone vacant

where beauty was

the road to truth

could not  be

found …


the night she died

imploding rages came

mystery’s darkest night exploded

 buried sadness, dreams of future gladness

 pillows wet with madness

nightmares wakened

great sorrow, greater pain

the world forsaken

new life the world had given

now taken from the fold …


No one saw the inward darkness

not one friend came to bind the wounds …

…..  alone …..

her only place for refuge,

the world inside four walls from childhood days

the past made keen great works from small beginnings

life’s treasures she created

her works far far greater than the rest

her grace given outward beauty

inscribed on rolls of silver halide paper.

her legacy will survive

It didn’t matter what grace had given

she only came half way

no connection ever made

no touch to fill the well

no feelings ever given

to match her will

words no man had ever spoken

only taken her for granted

that kind of love never given

that road to softest beauty never found

her beauty left unseen

where she lived within the

silent flame …

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