Phoenix

Phoenix

A Poem by Matthew Green

     

He flees his house, his life, his nest,

that place of disenchanted dreams;

where the happiness that kept

the nightmares from his helpless head

was never what it seemed.

 

It is a new fear that stalks him now,

a fear he cannot keep at bay.

He runs from what he left behind,

from memories of happy times

that now have gone away.

 

No man or woman can outrun

their tapestry of memory.

He finds at last a yellow bench

an island on which he can rest,

amidst the night-time's sea.

 

Here he stops and fights the fear,

unravels the dreams and cuts their ties.

The tapestry sways and falls apart,

yet still its threads seek out his heart

and bind him where he lies.

 

There it holds him, firm and still

growing stronger through the night.

But this suffocating mass,

like all things feared in the dark,

cannot survive the light.

 

At dawn's first rays it bursts aflame,

a burning inferno of his pain's pain.

 

Like a newborn bird he flies

from the ashes of his old life

away into the dawn.

 

© 2009 Matthew Green


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what a great and intricate tale you have weaved among the words here, great take on the prompt, I like the uplifting finish of him walking off into the dawn (the light of hope) to create new memories.

Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Congrats on your winning poem! Great Poem!

Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

A good poem.

Well done.



Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Good stuff bro. Really loved it

Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

What an amazing and beautiful poem!
I truly enjoyed reading it.
-Alaska Frost

Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

beautiful piece of writing I enjoyed the read. how true it is that you cannot run from yourself But you can re invent yourself by adopting a different viewpoint

Posted 11 Years Ago


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Matthew Green
Matthew Green

St Ives, United Kingdom



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I am a sixteen-year-old boy in the South-East of England, where I live with my parents, brother, cat, dog and thirty or so fish more..

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