Forged in adversity's sword

Forged in adversity's sword

A Poem by Frieda P


 forged in flames of adversity's sword,
   whispering ink leaking upon blotted sins

obscure as an eclipse's darkly allure
  rhapsodic rubbish of an untimely rhyme,
golden shimmer threads woven intricately
     in a noose of slip knot's scarlet ribbons behest
bequests through portals of  complicity

    machinations of another time and place

laced within roots of strangling tendrils

  mutated pretty posies succumb to ancient stories

dancing round the fire of life's indignities

    drowning of impertinence in molten ash
streaming soot of directive flow's utterances
          cannot deny the existence of hell's vortex
as the gravitas and bombastic preponderance
      in this perpetual travesty unfurls
its utterances in my pretentious voice's hush
     hardly matching those in my preposterous head,
yet truth rings clear as a bell's death toll
verses etched as silken decoys unfolded in titanium's recoil
    hiding in the recesses of silent protocol's evasive gibberish
grousing under a tidal wave of crushed soul's imperfections
    breached indignity of  transgression's metaphors
rewarded by awkward stares of disbelief and disgust
 personification well versed in the clamoring of history's chapters
            dog eared and closed the tale in finality's avoidance,
forbore the stealthy decay in corruption of one's eyes
         hiding rather in the sorted shadows than turn the page,
                        face the nakedness of music's symbolic reality 
     damage done can't be erased from old dusty passages, 
      yet, I still leave a light on for courage of a divine moon's charm
                     to shine brilliantly through the dim cracks

© 2014 Frieda P

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Frieda, this has me tongue tied, it poetry to the nth degree and there is too much to say, so many thought to express and all would make make the poem less profound in its contemplations of what a life is all about... "turn the page", "on the road again"..

I wrote a poem called "Turn the Page" a few years ago and will post it as a sort of reply , or better yet a continuing conversation around this theme...

But let me just say that I love this poem Frieda, its why you are a very special woman and poet ... it touches my heart deeply..

Posted 6 Years Ago

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Frieda P

6 Years Ago

Your sentiments have touched my heart Curt, looking forward to reading your poem. You always bring .. read more


I am at a loss for words in this review. This piece of yours is remarkable. I've now read it several times, and each reading, somehow, manages to force a relation to some other aspect of my life, than the time before. It is truely all-encompassing. Fantastic write. Very nice!

Posted 4 Years Ago

I love this poem. So beautiful

Posted 6 Years Ago

Beautifully expressed Frieda. There is a lot going on within your words and also behind the unseen not written. (dog eared and closed the tale in finality's avoidance, forbore the stealthy decay in corruption of one's eyes hiding rather in the sorted shadows than turn the page,) The safety of the familiar and fear of the unknown. I really like this poem! ~Sharon

Posted 6 Years Ago

this one speaks to me and i find it hard for anything to speak to me nowadays. great work freida

Posted 6 Years Ago

I was carried by this writing Frieda Pickle - mesmerising, I could have read on forever. Not all dark - the glimmer of hope in the final stanza was a revelation.
I dream of writing poems like this.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Stunning penning! It's a dark poem and the words you chose match that very well. It's a striking poem.

Posted 6 Years Ago

I'm a bit into swords so my attention was caught as soon as I saw..this poem cuts deep like a blade, clean and precise. I find your writing to be so unique and thought provoking, this being a perfect example. I'm jealous of such clever phrasing and delivery. Amazing work, this truth rings clear as well

Posted 6 Years Ago

Very deep.... and thought provoking.

Posted 6 Years Ago

A beautiful poem. . .I thank Tate Morgan for sending the request. . .

Posted 6 Years Ago

I saw struggle in this one. A struggle that didn't only belong to the speaker, but their people as well. As I am a feminist, I like to apply the struggle to that which women have had on the road to equality, but it can be related to a lot of different situations. There was a lot in this piece that I probably didn't catch, but I do know that I absolutely loved it.

Posted 6 Years Ago

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Frieda P
Frieda P


If you want to know me, read my poetry, it's all in there. I am a mother of three sons (my finest moments) a sister, a survivor and a little bit crazy. I lost my beloved sister to suicide, so you'll.. more..


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