Dark Angel

by lynnkennison

I shouldn’t listen

when you speak

shouldn’t acknowledge

you’re even there

I should run into

a corner, close my eyes

and say a prayer

But when I try

I hear your laughter

hear you say

it doesn’t matter

hope is lost

a game of chance

just a novice

I’ll be damned


Madness clings

to your wings

gives you purpose

drives your force

builds you up

grants you more

So you’re confident


but narcissistically

inclined to forget

your madness

weighs you down

obstructs your view

spins you round

And as you spiral

out of control

your wings lose flight

and let you fall


I close my eyes

and say a prayer

I pray in silence