Playing with Fire

Open the brain and open the heart

ghost through the walls

and visit the demons I have chained

take a clinical look and examine closely

stand close to the flames

and I’m burned inside

I’m looking to see what I can find

so I can let them go one by one

Instead I step with a bare foot

closer to trace the horns and the fangs

while the acid drips from my heart,

I love them dearly, my demons

so fierce and so brave, to have come

and given me their claws so I might

use their strength, and to have

taken deep breaths

and swallowed fire

crouching low they offered their necks

and I couldn’t bear to win and instead

I keep them inside and torture them endlessly

my love is worse than death, and they pay

every day as I visit and I try and I fail

I’ll keep them with chains

I’ll bathe in their fire

their anger, it feeds me

and I know that I’m wrong

and I’m weak and I’m lonely without them

and when I release them they’ll rip me apart

and then they will go

leaving me cold and broken

discarded and forgotten.


Author: doing2016

I started writing when I was very young. Then I was mortified on a bus full of people when one of my stories was read aloud. I lost my focus and quit. Now, I'm trying to find my voice and my ambition. I love to write, good or bad. So, I'm doing it here and now. Thank you.

10 thoughts on “Playing with Fire”

  1. so glad you picked your old habit of writing again- the world will be better for it…and you have some lost time to make up for…i feel your voice will impact others- it has already moved me to write…and kinda funny was thinking of doing a bob marley inspired poem- and thinking about the man all day- then your quote was a bob marley quote…so i’m like damn- maybe there is it is a sign…keep writing- you have calling… 🙂

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      1. no doubt…i’ll see what i can do… 🙂

        here is one of the reasons i love the man…


        this is just a clip to the trailer- marley…- but- you will learn a lot- or at least i did about his story and why he is the way he is in this documentary- think it is on netflix…hope you enjoy… 🙂

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      2. oh man…ok check out bob marley “riches” like a minute maybe of him talking about what his riches are…you can find it on youtube…and the documentary was called marley… 🙂

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