once a dancer



This poem was born in February 2016. Like much of my poetry,it expresses and embraces hope and despair. A couple of people have asked me to include a reading of my poems, so there’s an audio version below the written piece.


once a dancer

a poem by punkie


here I am

torn apart

evil, hatred

poison heart


darkness, night

eat love alive

no one no where

hears my cries


into the muck

and sludge I dive

choke one, two, three,

bleed four and five


murder, war,

wrack my brain,

now i’m abel,

then i’m cain


cease. desist.

it’s time to start

to put the horse

before the cart


freedom waits

break the chains

banish life’s

eternal pain


reach inside

excise the cancer

remember you

were once a dancer


death draws close

lives to take

heaven’s hand

no one forsakes


ask a question

find the answer:

reapers grim

kiss last romancers


magic conjures

forces stronger

to stop the lies

of power mongers


from the silence

truth emerges

directed by

god’s dramaturges


alone on stage

a single girl

says goodbye

with one last twirl


© Susan Macaulay 2016. I invite you to share the links widely, but please do not reprint or reblog or copy and paste my poems into other social media without my permission. Thank you.

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