He Who Takes

He Who Takes

A Poem by Con Campbell

Most of us have to deal with loss at some point. What are we to learn from it? How do we move forward?

He Who Takes

The world is dark,
My world is darker,
These things I've seen, hark,
My thoughts are even darker,

Life's weave unwound by mistake,
Another for you, ye who takes,
Families remain, threatened to break,
Still, these thoughts, he will not forsake,

Lessons learned or lessons lost?
We all move in the same direction,
The twinge of conflict comes at a cost,
Clinging together with abject affection,

He who takes is not always so,
That choice eludes, does it not? Although,
Weakened foundations cannot offer to grow,
He who takes whispers quietly, "go",

A learned man offers objection,
The simple man offers far less,
Weaving threads requires protection,
No wrong moves in this game of chess,

The brands of memory, not all my own,
Still, their weight is upon me the same,
Insidious machinations wither my throne,
In this world, is there anything to gain?
He who takes, present and set in stone,
In this world, clinging to dwindling flame,

© 2017 Con Campbell

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Added on October 16, 2017
Last Updated on December 19, 2017
Tags: death, loss, family, care, history, struggle, fight


Con Campbell
Con Campbell

Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, my name is Connor - I'm a 26 year old writer from Hull. Presently I'm pursuing an English & Philosophy degree and aim to start a Masters degree in English Literature & Creative Writing in 2018.. more..