Shalyn Stachmus


Morphine - Poem by Shalyn Stachmus

(If your lover is the drug, it's no wonder you're so numb.)

If the reverend takes those left alive,
Who will stay to help me die?
No one in this world.
No one in this world.

All these things I hear them saying,
Are they true, or are they playing, now?
I don't want to know.
I don't want to know.

I'm just a mere incantation in this world of morphine.
If no one's murdered, nothing's gained.
Dreaming of the world of empty satisfaction.
If no one's murdered, you can't feel the pain.

The moribund lover's going fast,
Trying to grip what will not last.
He is almost gone.
He is almost gone.

With a murky sweetness on his tongue,
With her lips she stole his lungs, now.
He will never know.
He will never know.

He's just a mere incantation in this world of morphine.
If no one's murdered, nothing's gained.
All alone with their empty satisfaction.
If no one's murdered, you won't feel the pain.

Oh, that sweet drug you took to hide the fact that
You were hurt and under attack, then.
You were so close, but still to far from those:

Mere incantations in this world of morphine.
If no one's murdered, nothing's gained.
Lying numb with an empty satisfaction.
If no one's murdered, I can't feel the pain.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I originally wrote this as a song, (I actually have it recorded on a CD-R somewhere, with my vocals and accompanying guitar played by my friend) so please don't mind the repetition of what is (obviously) the chorus part. (Original: 2006/Revised: 8-10-12)

In fact, many of my poems are, or started out as, songs that I wrote. I still remember all of the melodies that I gave to them over five years ago, when they were first composed. (There were about forty in all at that time.)
Examples of this are the songs/poems (or 'soems' as I used to call them, haha) 'Castle Reverie' and 'Prelude to a Kiss' as well as 'Burnt, Trapped, Fallen' and ''Hello, ' to Them.' I have many, many more, but this is a poetry site, so I try to keep these at a minimum. Doing this also allows me to stretch my poetry muscle a little more, but that's not to say that I won't make them into songs later.
;)

Comments about Morphine by Shalyn Stachmus

  • Lyn Paul (9/2/2012 6:07:00 AM)


    Well I can certainly see this being a song, For this; are your plans rock or soul? I get this amazing feel of soul and blues but that just me. Very clever and don't stop Shalyn (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 1, 2012



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