Wrote this poem on the prompt “Satan”.
I see him busy destroying the world, wreaking havoc. I see him in broken relations around me. And then at times, I see him closer, at my doorstep.
I saw it that day,
The glint in her eyes, vicious, dark, disquieting
I heard what she had to say,
The bitterness in the voice like steel daggers piercing
I stood dumbfounded, silenced,
Was it a horrible dream transpiring?
I couldn’t breathe, a feeling of wretchedness passed,
My entire life, all that I toiled for, before me crashing,
Looming large before me, shades of hatred, abhorrence trespassed,
A void, deep, glaring, wide,
between us, I couldn’t cross, I couldn’t reach
I here and she was on the other side,
Ominous, menacing; which lesson had I forgotten to teach?
Shatter it I would if only…but that stare-
Sinister, foreboding, scathing, penetrating through me
My helplessness, my tears; seen as a snare,
A deaf ear turned to my plea,
No sign of the child I had held, not too long ago-
to my bosom, humming a lullaby, night after night,
In it’s place stood a stranger, I hadn’t raised, I didn’t know
My throat dry, I felt weary, famished before the fight,
Borne out of me, had grown branches that throttled,
Where were the values, the ethics, the morals that I had painstakingly instilled-
Burned, buried, bottled?
I must uncap but for now the distance left me crippled.
Had God failed?
My heart in whispers wailed…
With faith in the love that I had let overflow,
I tried once more, a feeble attempt,
A silent prayer for strength, “Please spare my child, let her go,”
I was met with contempt,
I tried again, placed my hand, “I love you, that’s all I want to say,”
From the moment I first set my eyes on you,
“And that will not change because you turned away.”
“I love you, I wish you knew…”
And as I spoke, I saw a flicker, a softening,
Of the eyes, and I continued,
From the claws of Satan; I delivered my child again, with twice the pain,
A mother’s love and faith hadn’t gone in vain…
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