A Poem by Lawrence Parlier

against this vile scourge of electronic
Byzantine patterns of screaming
truth pour out bloody into
the frozen maw of bitter silence

Is it real?
What the hell does it make you feel?

Pedestrian presentations
I guess
Poorly connected puzzles
of inside jokes and shattered
self image
Long strings of graceless inanity
best left ignored

No one seeking shelter
will be admitted after the storm comes down
It's just too much
It's just mourning
flesh ripped delicately off the bone
and discarded

Is this what you dropped out of life to attend to?
Has it been worth it?

Any insincere embrace is much better
Than rotting blankets in the church yard shadows
They built great and grand temples to Minerva back then
Never understanding what she was pointing at
Times haven't changed much.

© 2012 Lawrence Parlier

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Warped indeed, a great look at movement and peace.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Good read and write.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Great Piece
Your first stanza was visual and intrigued my curiosity
the rhymes gave the story a beat
well written

Posted 11 Years Ago

Is eight the numerological equivalent of wisdom?
Your first stanza seems to depict the poem itself, and the nature of the work, raging against the post modern era with a conservative view.
The next bit, asking, "Is it real" seems more in mockery than honest asking, I.e., "you're really questioning the existence of God?"
That's the premise for my interpretation-- you saying that judgement day is coming and it is better to have believed in the slightest than to have run from the church (as an atheist).
Furthermore, you say that faith is wise, going back to Pascal's wager, which is a pretty present theme here.
The imagery is vibrant and deathly gorgeous, especially in the first stanza. However, I wont poke you with my god-stick here.

Posted 11 Years Ago

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Added on March 27, 2012
Last Updated on March 27, 2012


Lawrence Parlier
Lawrence Parlier

Bethel, OH

I'm a poet/writer/musician working on my first novel and a brand new poetry collection. more..