David Ratcliffe


Beneath my Rock


Ought I not to hide beneath this rock
remaining still though barely safe
from all who mock and snide my worth
to cause this frown upon my head

So simple a man bereft of touch
who tugged the bell outside the gates
in search of love and closeness felt
but found superbia's vile embrace

Oh laughter meant as something true
would be divine to ears that bleed
from laser stares that fiercely burn
a hole into my emptiness

Alas I falter here alone
afraid to face what lies in wait
beyond the blindfold and restraints
I tied myself to save concern

Ney pity me not for I'm content
to wallow and to bide a while
afraid not I of loneliness
for solitude protects my pride

Submitted: Saturday, September 07, 2013
Edited: Saturday, September 07, 2013

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  • Clifton Redmond (10/2/2013 10:53:00 AM)

    A brilliantly scribed masterpiece, just perfectly described with some serious depth and left me rather reeling. (Report) Reply

  • David Ratcliffe (9/19/2013 10:24:00 AM)

    Written when in a low state of mind and with no perceivable way out. Alone and left to rot with the only place to hide is beneath my rock (Report) Reply

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