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Stephanie Stauss


The Broken Lullaby


Drift away into sleep
Eternal slumber, an oath of silence I wish to keep
Dream of you, dream of me
Together, completely carefree
We look up at the star-filled sky
I whisper The Broken Lullaby

In my dream the colors fade
In my hand lies a silver blade
A butterfly flies overhead
Against a thorn its wing shred
Its dress of orange, red, and gold
Three colors that stood out bold
Until just now were without flaw
I feel its pain as I watch it fall
Time felt as if it froze
As a dropp of blood upon the rose
I bid farewell the butterfly
As I whisper The Broken Lullaby

I rest the blade against my wrist
A sense of relief I cannot resist
I watch as a stream flows from within
This is not the first time I’ve committed this sin
The water is as red as a setting sun
You run away, leaving me, the only one
To you it’d be fine if I curled up to die
As I whisper The Broken Lullaby

Moonlight glistens off my tears
I cut away all of my fears
I watch them fall down to the ground
They hit the earth without a sound
Shining, shimmering, sparkling red
They represent every lie you’ve ever said
Now every night, when I cry
I whisper The Broken Lullaby

Physically and emotionally scarred
I never knew life was going to be this hard
Soon I’ll end the pain that I kept hidden so well
In the Netherworld I’m soon to dwell
So as I lay down, steady my knife
I wish I could let you know, I’m about to end my life
Before I tell the world goodbye
I’ll whisper The Broken Lullaby

Fall into sleep and shut your eyes
Dream of my broken butterfly
How it tore its wing against a thorn
How it will never be reborn
Dream of you and me as one
Soon you’ll realize that I’m gone
You’ll then wake and you will cry
You’ll hear my voice as I whisper
The Broken Lullaby

Submitted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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  • Rookie Leo Lopes (10/4/2011 7:17:00 AM)

    This is one of the best damn Lullaby's I've ever known
    Loved every line, nice and dark. ;)
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  • Rookie Greenwolfe 1962 (8/20/2008 8:50:00 PM)

    I'm not sure this is worth a ten in quality, but I gave it a ten anyway because it
    is a special poem. A lot of people write these suicide things and as someone wh is depressed all the time it doesn't help me much, but I do understand and when it is creatively expressed as this was; I have to consider it special.

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