Soul's Sanguisuge

It’d be nice if garlic could ward it off.
Or a holy symbol. Sadly,
it not only developed a tolerance
for those, it absorbs them, sometimes,
uses them as armor.

Keep all beauty away from it,
because there is nothing too pure
for it to devour.

And oh, how it loves to bite,
loves to gnaw, and tear.
It drains you dry,
while it whispers promises.

You can fill the hollowness  -
as long as you are willing
to thrust the ache into another.

It’s so easy, stealing strength,
so you can overpower reason.
Cannibalize your humanity,
so you never have to look in the mirror.


This poem is in response to the prompt given by A Dash of Sunny: Hate's A Parasite That Robs the Soul.

39 comments:

  1. I had to hit the thesaurus for the title. Smiles. "Cannibalize your humanity,' the one and only action it does...only if one could get rid of it with the first two lines...

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  2. You can fill the hollowness -
    as long as you are willing
    to thrust the ache into another.

    One can make a number of discoveries of what are lacking. Far easier then to make amends!

    Hank

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    1. Yes, but unfortunate for those that may be affected by the lack of positive reflection.

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  3. Nice write, Rommy. Dark and broody. :-)

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes I can do dark and broody.

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  4. Whistles!!! Now that's what I call arriving in style ❤💜 you are absolutely right Rommy, hatred does seem to suck the life out of us and "loves to bite, gnaw, and tear as it drains us dry, while whispering promises." Beautifully executed. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ❤💜

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  5. The parting lines are so very resonant - i think if we were honest we all do this to some degree perhaps.. there are many times when we are our own worst enemy

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    1. We do, and the trouble is sometime we drag others with us in our fall.

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    1. LOL! Yeah, this does sounds like him!

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  7. Well thought out. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. So much of that around these days as the harvest of hate grows high.

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  9. It's a pandemic. Soul vampires everywhere. And it seems that we can't do enough to get rid of them.

    I really feel this one today...

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  10. Excellent and not too abstract. Loved the images and the way it wrapped up.

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  11. I love the way you have used the vampire as a theme of being eaten up by hate.. very very apt...and I wonder if the vanishing mirror image isn't one that will stay with me.

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    1. As I played around with how I was going to approach this prompt, the metaphor seemed too perfect to not use.

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  12. Your personification of hatred is very vivid.

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    1. I'm glad I was able to convey it clearly.

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  13. Argh, for sure. I've been reading/watching Outcast (Robert Kirkman) and this brings that hate and possession to mind for me.

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    1. How is that book? I'm always looking to add to my reading list.

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  14. Dark, truthful, and sad!!!!!
    (I loved the pictures of you and Magaly!!!)

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    1. Thanks!

      LOL, a post (actually several posts) about our travels is forthcoming!

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  15. Oh Golly, Rommy, you got me that time. I often don't read the titles to poems until I've read it through. So my thinking to the end was, "well, when we get to the end she will tell us what the "it" problem really was, that two letter word, "it".
    Well, it wasn't there but between a comment and my curiosity I looked at the top and 'voila!' It was the "Sanguisuge" of the soul. But. but that word isn't in my vocabulary. So I went to the Google dictionary and drew a blank, Google (the one on my iPad) didn't know. I will do a full Google now as I leave.
    This is a well written poem, Rommy, you worked hard.
    ..

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    1. I just wanted a word to convey the idea of leeching out the life of a person, and sanguisage was a deliciously sounding old school way to say it.

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  16. Hatred is a vampire. There are too many fangs these days. Great write!

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