Poetry is a dangerous siren’s song,
That calls the soul towards a chasm deep,
Dulling the senses and making the heart long,
For that which it may touch yet never keep.
A sonnet is too much the friend of truth,
And leaves no room for self-deluding lies,
It emulates the honesty of youth,
And artifice, through artifice, soon dies.
Essential truths will spill onto the page,
Transpiring through the pores of consciousness,
Leaving exposed the battles that we wage,
To build facades of hope for hopelessness.
I can deny the painful song I hear,
But it’s too late; its message is too clear.
From Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems (C) 2011 Victor D. Lopez
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