The Beast Within

The Beast Within

A Poem by Scarlet Letter

How do you fight what is inside?

Oh how cruel the world is
That the serpent is constantly by my side
Tempting me more each day.
I try to resist,
Alas, my will is too weak to fight back.
Am I cursed to go down this path?
Each time I resolve to change,
To choose a new direction,
He finds a way to pull me under once more.
How can I be so evil?
Every sin one can imagine,
I keep pent up within me,
It seeps through my bones
And threatens to tear me apart.
This monster that rages inside,
With eyes as black as the deepest bit,
And a soul that burns with hell itself.
I cannot defeat myself,
For this creature is me.
My desires,
My pleasures,
My guilt and shame
My lies.
The part of me I fear,
The part of me I hate,
The part of me I cannot fight.
The Beast within.

© 2010 Scarlet Letter

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As much as I hate splitting minds up in parts, sometimes we just don't like certain sides of ourselves. Though it is impossible to defeat that "evil", we can still try to be more the way we wish we were, although it is hard to change.
At times we need to accept something as a part of us that makes us who we are, because fighting it won't do any good, as much as we may hate that part.
A beautiful poem on the fear of and constant battle of oneself.

Posted 11 Years Ago

You should totally expand on this, I might help you do that since there seems to be an open invitation. But, it's a thing I won't do for a while.

Posted 12 Years Ago

I realy liked this it was how the narrator differentiated from the beast and themselves only to then link hte two as the same person. Everyone lives in temptation and sin, everyone has that hidden beast, i believe, but its weather you give into that temptation that differentiates us from the beast within.

Posted 12 Years Ago

wonderful write!

Posted 12 Years Ago

Curious, but an interesting and emotive experience for the reader. I wondered to what extent, this narrative is based upon the writer's own thoughts or fears (if at all)? Either way, the protagonist seems to be in a condition of hating herself? But, why is this..? The beast mentioned here, is clearly a representation of a bestial side to the protagonist's true self? Slightly eerie, and yet thought-provoking too. Certainly, quite an atmospheric piece of writing! Thankyou for sharing this with us - and adding it to my writing group!

Posted 12 Years Ago

Everyone struggles from within, some more then others.
As in your well described piece here. We will always
wrestle with inner turmoil, the key is to overcome and
conquer fears easier said then done... A great write...

Posted 12 Years Ago

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6 Reviews
Added on December 18, 2010
Last Updated on December 18, 2010
Tags: beast, monster, serpent, devil, satan, will, sin


Scarlet Letter
Scarlet Letter


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