Treasure Island

Anthony Burge

(16/06/1962 / Australia)

Cancel the Light


Cancel the light

come gorge on the dark

Tears wrung from sadness

spilled ignite a spark

Misery waist deep

Drown in well of cold tears

Fuel for the flame

strikes the flint of my fears

Hold my breath, still my heart, steal the rhythm of beat

Extinguish eyes light

Warm blood cold leaks the heat

In darkness I sit

as the light ebbs away

It’s the darkness I crave

douse the bright flame of day

Let the sun bleed-out

shed the light in deep pools

Blood stained darkness

Let’s bend all the rules

Place white-hot coals on my eyes

Line of sight bent round corners.

Feel your way

reading Braille

there's signs there to warn us

Fear not the unseen

for there’s nought there to harm you

Dance to your heartbeat

breathing deep it will calm you

Cancel the light

Come gorge on the dark

Go with the flow

close your eyes

dull the spark.

Submitted: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Penned after a lengthy discussion with a friend who was afraid of the 'dark'.
I suggested that one should be comfortable with the dark as it's only there to balance the light and you should be able to immerse yourself in either as long as you can find your way back to the light.

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