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Branching out

I need light and darkness

Hope and despair

New beginnings

Final endings

Strength to combat weakness

Courage for my fear

I need love to conquer hatred

Warmth to keep out cold

A future to hold on to

And a past from where I came

I need wisdom and ignorance

So that through knowing I can see

Which question next to answer

What wisdom next to seek

I need friends and enemies

Friends to keep me grounded

And the enemies to have a chance

At ending hate with love

I need light and darkness

I need you and me

Whoever we become

To keep in touch

To stay connected

Through this light

And through all darkness

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Written by Elisabeth in portal Stream of Consciousness
Branching out
I need light and darkness
Hope and despair
New beginnings
Final endings
Strength to combat weakness
Courage for my fear
I need love to conquer hatred
Warmth to keep out cold
A future to hold on to
And a past from where I came
I need wisdom and ignorance
So that through knowing I can see
Which question next to answer
What wisdom next to seek
I need friends and enemies
Friends to keep me grounded
And the enemies to have a chance
At ending hate with love
I need light and darkness
I need you and me
Whoever we become
To keep in touch
To stay connected
Through this light
And through all darkness
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Written by Elisabeth in portal Poetry & Free Verse

Interfere

You watch me, relentlessly

As I'm going under

And say goodbye

To positive psychology

I'm sorry but I think

I have to shake hands with this darkness

And know its name

It is my new neigbor and is here to stay

I have to drown now in this pain

In the ocean that is grey

And empty on the inside

I grow quietly and fade out

But you watch me, relentlessly

Going under

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Written by Elisabeth in portal Poetry & Free Verse
Interfere
You watch me, relentlessly
As I'm going under
And say goodbye
To positive psychology

I'm sorry but I think
I have to shake hands with this darkness
And know its name
It is my new neigbor and is here to stay

I have to drown now in this pain
In the ocean that is grey
And empty on the inside
I grow quietly and fade out
But you watch me, relentlessly
Going under
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LOVE OF A LIAR

'She knew the art of painting rainbows with her words. And so I fell in love with her eloquence; each word she said rang true to my heart, each sentence seemed fit to one day become a quote by somebody else; each speech she pronounced seemed to have come straight out of a book of the best literature. But by the time I realized the truth it was too late. I had fallen deep into meaning of her spoken poetry; she was a cryptogram I wanted to solve and a sonnet I wanted to cherish. And, having learned the truth, I found it not so easy to cut the roots of admiration from my heart, because I was quite sure that like a tree, I needed them to keep on living. But how could I still admire a woman, a living poem and a work of art, whose singing words of beauty were not her own? A woman speaking with the tongues of dead poets and literary men, a lexicon of what has passed, an empty book in which was painstakingly copied line after line of beauty, to try to claim what was not owned and to impress with subtlest, lightest poetry that always seemed familiar?'

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LOVE OF A LIAR
'She knew the art of painting rainbows with her words. And so I fell in love with her eloquence; each word she said rang true to my heart, each sentence seemed fit to one day become a quote by somebody else; each speech she pronounced seemed to have come straight out of a book of the best literature. But by the time I realized the truth it was too late. I had fallen deep into meaning of her spoken poetry; she was a cryptogram I wanted to solve and a sonnet I wanted to cherish. And, having learned the truth, I found it not so easy to cut the roots of admiration from my heart, because I was quite sure that like a tree, I needed them to keep on living. But how could I still admire a woman, a living poem and a work of art, whose singing words of beauty were not her own? A woman speaking with the tongues of dead poets and literary men, a lexicon of what has passed, an empty book in which was painstakingly copied line after line of beauty, to try to claim what was not owned and to impress with subtlest, lightest poetry that always seemed familiar?'
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Written by Elisabeth in portal Poetry & Free Verse

BLOSSOM OF DUKKHA

She suffers like a flower

That is withering in white

And unforgiving sunlight

And no one seems to notice

Though she walks and speaks

She might just as well be dead

For the world drained all the life

From her heart space as if she was

A specimen of tea dissolving

For the replenishment of others

Who mercilessly took when they saw

The vacant opportunity in her eyes

I stare at her and think

If only I could save you

And put you back together

And show you that the sun shines

And that this autumn ends too

If only I could, I would

Put you back together

And, if you were just a drawn figure

In someone's sketchbook perhaps

I would draw a smile on your face

To give you happiness

And give you magic to cure

All the troubles you couldn't fix before

So we could go dancing

Without your feet getting so sore

But she suffers like a flower

At the summer's end when

The only thing on her mind

Is that everything is dwindling

To their pre-told ends

And that everything must go

That no possession is truly

Possessed but released when 

Time runs out and the telomere shortens

And she asks me, weakly

Whether she may have one more day

To dance under the summer sky

And to watch the sun set when it does

To dance one more time before she goes

Down the road of timidness

To get to the place she wanted to avoid

The quiet of the fir trees

The song of unseen singing birds

The place of midday shadows

And midnight lights

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Written by Elisabeth in portal Poetry & Free Verse
BLOSSOM OF DUKKHA
She suffers like a flower
That is withering in white
And unforgiving sunlight
And no one seems to notice
Though she walks and speaks
She might just as well be dead
For the world drained all the life
From her heart space as if she was
A specimen of tea dissolving
For the replenishment of others
Who mercilessly took when they saw
The vacant opportunity in her eyes

I stare at her and think
If only I could save you
And put you back together
And show you that the sun shines
And that this autumn ends too
If only I could, I would
Put you back together
And, if you were just a drawn figure
In someone's sketchbook perhaps
I would draw a smile on your face
To give you happiness
And give you magic to cure
All the troubles you couldn't fix before
So we could go dancing
Without your feet getting so sore

But she suffers like a flower
At the summer's end when
The only thing on her mind
Is that everything is dwindling
To their pre-told ends
And that everything must go
That no possession is truly
Possessed but released when 
Time runs out and the telomere shortens

And she asks me, weakly
Whether she may have one more day
To dance under the summer sky
And to watch the sun set when it does
To dance one more time before she goes
Down the road of timidness
To get to the place she wanted to avoid
The quiet of the fir trees
The song of unseen singing birds
The place of midday shadows
And midnight lights
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Written by Elisabeth in portal Poetry & Free Verse

SILENT YEARS

Until I meet you again

May you be safe and sheltered

In a place where there is music

Music and light. Where you will know

No sorrow, no regret

May you be in sunlight

In sunlight and in water

May you be immersed in peace

And may the stars nurse you

And while you sleep

Know that I remember

Everything that you forgot

And that I will wait, with love

For the both of us, with patience

Until I meet you again

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Written by Elisabeth in portal Poetry & Free Verse
SILENT YEARS
Until I meet you again
May you be safe and sheltered
In a place where there is music
Music and light. Where you will know
No sorrow, no regret
May you be in sunlight
In sunlight and in water
May you be immersed in peace
And may the stars nurse you
And while you sleep
Know that I remember
Everything that you forgot
And that I will wait, with love
For the both of us, with patience
Until I meet you again
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Written by Elisabeth in portal Stream of Consciousness

ADRENALIN

Shall we face our fears, together

Like scared kids, wondering

What is the function of our fear?

Is it not to make us grow,

Or does it only make us feel belittled?

If our fear does not make us

Stronger than we were before - when 

We used to be oblivious to danger - 

Then why should we suffer here

Lingering in its embrace that is suffocating

And unable to escape. Tell me

Shall we face our fears, together?

And the mirrors we have put up

To see all our faults in hundredfold

So that the world may perhaps not see it

When our courage crumbles, in the eye of arena

We are still Caesars facing the knife's kiss with dignity

Claimed by sudden death, but still with honour.

But the mirrors we have put up

Let's shatter them, together

They are only lies contorted that we told the world

When we thought we were wanted to be brave

While to win of fear, we must first embrace it

Not resisting, not running. We must be

Rabbits caught in headlights

And the calamity shall be the guiding light

To calmth when fear is beaten

And we have learned to see with new eyes

That the change we feared is the only way

That allows us to move forward

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Written by Elisabeth in portal Stream of Consciousness
ADRENALIN
Shall we face our fears, together
Like scared kids, wondering
What is the function of our fear?
Is it not to make us grow,
Or does it only make us feel belittled?
If our fear does not make us
Stronger than we were before - when 
We used to be oblivious to danger - 
Then why should we suffer here
Lingering in its embrace that is suffocating
And unable to escape. Tell me
Shall we face our fears, together?
And the mirrors we have put up
To see all our faults in hundredfold
So that the world may perhaps not see it
When our courage crumbles, in the eye of arena
We are still Caesars facing the knife's kiss with dignity
Claimed by sudden death, but still with honour.
But the mirrors we have put up
Let's shatter them, together
They are only lies contorted that we told the world
When we thought we were wanted to be brave
While to win of fear, we must first embrace it
Not resisting, not running. We must be
Rabbits caught in headlights
And the calamity shall be the guiding light
To calmth when fear is beaten
And we have learned to see with new eyes
That the change we feared is the only way
That allows us to move forward
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Challenge of the Week #62: Tell us the story of Lucifer, where Lucifer is female. The most masterfully written piece, as voted and determined by the Prose team, will be crowned winner and receive $100. Quality beats quantity, always, but numbers make things easier for our judges, so share, share, share with friends, family, and connections. #ProseChallenge #getlit #itslit
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THE MAKING OF DARKNESS

Lucifer:

What did I ever do to you,

That you cast me out of heaven? 

Angels:

Be quiet now and go to sleep

And pray that in this world up high

There will be mercy for the merciless

Lucifer:

Father, if you hear me, please

Tell me why the doors to your kingdom are closed

And why I'm forced to dwell in this eternal darkness

Angels:

Be quiet now and go to sleep

And hope that your dreams will not be merged

With the demons of the twilight that haunt your days

Lucifer:

Angels, go away;

Father, why do you not speak?

Do you not hear my suffering? Do you not see?

Angels:

Go away we will gladly.

You are not worthy of this realm, you are a stormy day in autumn

And the anger you carry with you proliferates and grows just like a cancer

Do you really think your father would think to answer

Words spoken with such a fury, such a temperament, such rage?

Lucifer:

Do not abandon me, God, I beg of you. I cannot bear this darkness, or this absence of the spoken word, or the wandering of the lost souls. I cannot bear the thoughts that quarrel in my mind, or the guilt; my skin feels inflamed with hatred, my hairs are electrified by fear, the doubt eats away from my heart. This is not living. How can you watch my suffering and not find mercy in your soul? 

Silence.

Lucifer:

Do not abandon me. I am just a woman now, I have fallen down; now I need you the most, God. If I have abandoned your ways it was not by choice, but by temptation. Please give me strength, father, as I call you in this darkest hour.

Silence.

Lucifer:

Oh, well, I gave you a chance, didn't I? I'll just have to make my own way again. Again. Goodbye, father.

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THE MAKING OF DARKNESS
Lucifer:
What did I ever do to you,
That you cast me out of heaven? 

Angels:
Be quiet now and go to sleep
And pray that in this world up high
There will be mercy for the merciless

Lucifer:
Father, if you hear me, please
Tell me why the doors to your kingdom are closed
And why I'm forced to dwell in this eternal darkness

Angels:
Be quiet now and go to sleep
And hope that your dreams will not be merged
With the demons of the twilight that haunt your days

Lucifer:
Angels, go away;
Father, why do you not speak?
Do you not hear my suffering? Do you not see?

Angels:
Go away we will gladly.
You are not worthy of this realm, you are a stormy day in autumn
And the anger you carry with you proliferates and grows just like a cancer
Do you really think your father would think to answer
Words spoken with such a fury, such a temperament, such rage?

Lucifer:
Do not abandon me, God, I beg of you. I cannot bear this darkness, or this absence of the spoken word, or the wandering of the lost souls. I cannot bear the thoughts that quarrel in my mind, or the guilt; my skin feels inflamed with hatred, my hairs are electrified by fear, the doubt eats away from my heart. This is not living. How can you watch my suffering and not find mercy in your soul? 

Silence.

Lucifer:
Do not abandon me. I am just a woman now, I have fallen down; now I need you the most, God. If I have abandoned your ways it was not by choice, but by temptation. Please give me strength, father, as I call you in this darkest hour.

Silence.

Lucifer:
Oh, well, I gave you a chance, didn't I? I'll just have to make my own way again. Again. Goodbye, father.
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Written by Elisabeth in portal Poetry & Free Verse

FRIEND

You are

So alive

With each breath

And each step

And whoever told you

That you couldn't win

Of the demons you knew

And your fear to survive

In a world where you find

The fear of living to surpass

That of death and indeed, everything else

But you are so alive, friend

Heartbeat at a hundred twenty

Walking in the shadows

Running through light

I wonder, though

Where to

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Written by Elisabeth in portal Poetry & Free Verse
FRIEND
You are
So alive
With each breath
And each step
And whoever told you
That you couldn't win
Of the demons you knew
And your fear to survive
In a world where you find
The fear of living to surpass
That of death and indeed, everything else
But you are so alive, friend
Heartbeat at a hundred twenty
Walking in the shadows
Running through light
I wonder, though
Where to
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NO EULOGY FOR THE LIVING

Praying without belief, with desperation

For there to be a rabbit hole to fall in

And to be swallowed whole

Disappearing in a cloud

And the white smoke to shroud you

Chains of a sorrow

Imprisoned in the past

Drawn toward what could have been

And why you must own this suffering

But why have you not learnt

To ride the waves instead of going under

To transform the pain into an energy

That drives you when the sun goes down

To see the gray dimmed sunlight

Falling on the floor of the cave you hide in

To set the sadness free as a black horse rider

Who comes to meet you when he wants to

And who leaves when he feels it is right

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Written by Elisabeth in portal Poetry & Free Verse
NO EULOGY FOR THE LIVING
Praying without belief, with desperation
For there to be a rabbit hole to fall in
And to be swallowed whole
Disappearing in a cloud
And the white smoke to shroud you

Chains of a sorrow
Imprisoned in the past
Drawn toward what could have been
And why you must own this suffering

But why have you not learnt
To ride the waves instead of going under
To transform the pain into an energy
That drives you when the sun goes down
To see the gray dimmed sunlight
Falling on the floor of the cave you hide in
To set the sadness free as a black horse rider
Who comes to meet you when he wants to
And who leaves when he feels it is right
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REVERSED RUINS

Why would I blame you?

It is not as if you destroyed

The things I loved and the life I wanted

It is not as if you taught me

The rules of self-destruction 

And neither did you let me down

When I needed you the most

And neither did you let me drown

When the waves were too high to swim in

And you never disassembled me

To see if you could put me back together

But only, in your blinded eyes, better

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REVERSED RUINS
Why would I blame you?
It is not as if you destroyed
The things I loved and the life I wanted
It is not as if you taught me
The rules of self-destruction 
And neither did you let me down
When I needed you the most
And neither did you let me drown
When the waves were too high to swim in
And you never disassembled me
To see if you could put me back together
But only, in your blinded eyes, better
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