Jeremy Nel

Rookie (1958 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Hopeless Sadness - Poem by Jeremy Nel

Oh sadness! gripping me so tight
As I meander along the path of life
Plunging into my heart thy knife.
Everything within my sight
Tainted, darkened by my plight.

I stumble hopelessly along
Wondering how to repair
The damage done by thee, mend my despair.
From my lips a bitter song
Twisted, darkened by thy wrong.

Bending under hopelessness ‘ whip
My soul in darkest shadow
Even as I pass through light, as though
Light cannot breach thy grip.
From my tongue a moan does slip
Bloodied, darkened by thy whip

Hopeless is my cause
For my life dost thou now rule
As I sip the water of thy dark pool.
Unable to escape thine claws.
At my soul sadness, hopelessness gnaws
Twisted, bloodied by thy jaws.

How I long to escape thy rule!
For pleasure no longer knows my name
Happiness seems a word of shame
Darkness only infests the cesspool
Of my despair, oh am I such a fool!
Twisted, darkened by thy rule?

Can I no longer strive to break
Thy cruel tight grip?
I meekly drink from thy deep pool, a small sip.
Am I now so weakened, my muscles ache
At the thought of fighting thee? I quake
With trembling fear as thou spake
Twisted, bloodied how I ache!

Oh! How I long to escape the blight,
Of thine rule, to cast off thy yoke
Escape from under thine dark cloak!
To flee back to the light
Again be capable of fight
Cleansed, healed by shedding the darkness of thy night!

Comments about Hopeless Sadness by Jeremy Nel

  • Michelle MelodyMichelle Melody (1/15/2009 4:24:00 PM)

    To escape is not so easy. Very good poem.10 (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 5, 2008

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