servant of none

As so many of you tell me, much to my unending delight, you genuinely enjoy my references to mythology, religion, and literature in my poetry.

These allusions scratch an inner itch of mine: an intrinsic need for poetry to first speak to the heart, but also speak to the head.

This dark poem is – at least on one level – a vignette into an unrepentant soul’s journey into hell.

The Greek mythical allusion to start, and the Christian biblical allusion to finish (Ezekiel 14:13), for me, unify the poem. In a way, they bind it.

Anyway, didn’t want to say too much this week. I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on this poem. It is one of my personal faves.

How did the mythic/biblical allusions further thicken the poetic stew? How did you connect with this proud, defiant narrator? How did the dark themes resonate with you?

Please leave your Comments below. Thanks!!

-PS Conway ☘ ☘ ☘

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O, silent cowled Ferryman,

pilot me to my destiny,

the only path where choices lead

where darkness hies freewill to die;

each oar stroke scrape on river face

reflects yet further scars long masked

by a life, a caricature tasked

with such tenebrous intentions;

river mists clear the last façade

peel tender flesh to ebon bone

seared in hateful thoughts full known,

to stand tall in this rebellion;

servant of none, hell’s gates await

this damned soul, a poet’s soul

who chose to seize the day, to toll

the bells of liberty penned black;

No, i shall not bow nor acquiesce,

with hangman’s noose, absolved of fault,

last mortal cry, ”i shall exalt

my throne above the stars of god.”

4 comments

  1. Veracious account of a poet’s journey–the imagery was stirring, emotions raw, the spirit rises…#Welldone! 💖👑

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