Perfect Misery

Perfect Misery

A Poem by Ella Simone

Inspired by grief and John Milton's "Paradise Lost."


Perfect Misery


Ten thousand thunders

Rolled across my sky

Releasing razor rain

That sizzled as it fell.


I experienced a daisy death

It was quick but spread slowly.

A spiritual chill

Of the head and heart

And a mildew of the mind


I knew I did not have dark foundations

Beyond that banal teenage masochism.

So why should I not be shown light,

But rather darkness?

Perhaps this woe would one day warrant a walk on Heaven’s pavement.

A withered glory could be found among this wreckage.

But why should I have to wait that long?


Now rose-colored exhilaration

Runs through the ligaments of my life.

What was once a cinnamon wasteland

Has been sprinkled with sugar.

Sticky, sweet, and more sapid 

Since I swallowed despair.

A despair that still lingers 

But has been partially lifted

By Heavenly fingers.


© 2022 Ella Simone

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Added on January 3, 2022
Last Updated on January 3, 2022
Tags: poem, poetry, grief, religion, religious


Ella Simone
Ella Simone

Richmond, VA

Hi there! I'm twenty years old and recently rekindled my love of poetry and fiction writing. I don't have any formal training and am looking to improve, so I would appreciate your feedback. more..

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A Poem by Ella Simone