Cordell Rich

Rookie - 5 Points (Afton, Wyoming)

Cerberus The Abuser - Poem by Cordell Rich

He dips in and out of the flames,
Tempting the fires of fate.
He flies by many names.
And his sight engenders hate.

He feeds upon the spellbound,
Drawn to the lights of the fire.
Called by the name of hellhound
The fate of his passion is dire.

He's there and gone in a flash,
With eyes and teeth that pierce.
You'd be better under the lash,
Than to tangle with one so fierce.

There, with you, by your choosing,
Bonded to you through his fear.
Just as you know that you're losing,
He knows that you'll draw him near.

He preys and eats in the night.
He sleeps in the shadows of day.
You'd be wise to embrace your fright,
For he understands your every way.

He'll gorge himself with your blood,
As he satisfies his great lust.
His virtues come in a flood,
And the strongest of all is trust.

He hovers in watch, as your sleeping.
He knows where you are every hour.
His strength comes from your weeping.
Which he can summons with his Glower.

And I, as an ardent crusader,
Vested with virtue and vision.
Would gladly crush out this raider.
But You would treat Me with derision.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is about spouse abuse. It was written because of a woman friend of mine in an abusive relationship. I knew she was being abused but no matter what I did she continued to endure the abuse from a man who claimed to love her, while defending him to me, denying the abuse was going on and taking it. For a time she was more angry with me and my support of her than she was with him and his abuse. I chooce the name Cerberus to keep the name of the real people out of the poem. Ceberus is a dog in Roman myth that keeps people in the underworld.

Comments about Cerberus The Abuser by Cordell Rich

  • Leslie Philibert (9/11/2012 5:17:00 AM)

    Good poem that needs the poet`s notes (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 10, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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