Treasure Island

Kevin Patrick

(Taurus / Ontario)

7th Gate of Nevermore


Dressed in sweat, I staggered forth
in the house that dripped with madness Hurtling down dark corridors layered in soot and rubble remnants
walls were gaunt and splintered Revealing an emaciated ruin and empty bedrooms stank with taboo Pissing atmospheric urine And here I was inspecting, summoned vie in medias res Slowly growing self-aware of some Metaphysical duress


I was somewhere there in noonday in the heartland of Arkansas Stranded with scandalous secrets
thought long buried in this farmhouse Yet every room bled with torture
as if it echoed a dungeon chamber And the rites of the macabre flew in an effluvia vision Vapour Revealing pagan revelries from over twenty centuries Performing sacred Rites for the old once they appease;

Their gods and their daemons In their most sacred nether realms Were all confide into one sphere Both a heaven and a Hell
Into the world. of nevermore


Words embalmed the shattered walls
Glowing with necromantic sway And as I peered through window boards
The creatures stalked the tall cornfields and then their came thudding bang Hollering a nascent poltergeist My road had come and I had sang The bittersweet song of the sages sacrifice
For to the ether I was keeper, never to reach the other shores
As I was pulled into the mystics door of the 7th gate of nevermore

Submitted: Saturday, August 02, 2014

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Partially inspired by a dream I had several years ago which still remains with me, part of a sequence I am building

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  • Ed Nigma (8/3/2014 8:11:00 AM)

    I building a poetic series on a dream sequence is a great idea. I love the dark and foreboding feel you get from reading this piece. I love the rhythm of the first 3 lines which goes down so easily. I liked the description within this line I was somewhere there in noonday in the heartland of Arkansas Almost give you a sense the writers is in to places at once though you know it's only one but because of the feel of this poem it adds to the surrealism. The next few lines proceeding give you a little tour of history though a secret history that only few know about as these secrets transcend time while the rituals still take place. You feel as though the writer is remembering memories that aren't necessarily his but more along the lines of a psychic that is seeing glimpse of the past while stuck in the present future which creates an even more ominous feel leaving you on the edge of what's to take place. As you get to the end you want to know what's beyond the gate in the realm of nevermore. Which I am assuming might take place in your other poems that will be associated with this piece. Either way it was a good read. (Report) Reply

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