The Dance With Death

The Dance With Death

A Poem by Justin Littlefield

A sonnet. How once I longed for that beautiful doom

Lay me to rest my dearest damsel death,
the one who has taunted me oft with ease
Free me from this vexed reluctance of breath
so we may join hands in eternities.

How you tease your frigid lips of disease;
although robust, I've longed for the cold kiss.
I dreamt that we danced to dark melodies
under those moonlit markers of abyss.

Twas pure bliss on that eve we wasted clock
While we twisted to the lull of the tombs.
My heart stopped as we coalesced and locked
...forevermore, I'll loathe that beat's resume...

Again we'll meet, and that night let us live
For mourning, a wake no one can forgive

© 2015 Justin Littlefield

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Wow, I can't believe no one has reviewed this yet. It's quite beautiful, which funny enough is a word I don't often use to describe poetry. This makes me think of someone yearning to die, but can't quite bring upon themselves the act of suicide. So instead they dream of that temptation. You delicately presented each thought of death in a romantic sense, just wonderful. "taunted me oft with ease" oh the gift that death truly gives, life can just be so damn hard at times. I enjoyed the bit of ironic humor "and that night let us live" and that last statement is so powerful "for mourning a wake no one can forgive." I wish I could do this poem more justice in my review, but know it's very well crafted, in my opinion.

Posted 7 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


Dark and slow. A wonderful poem. :)

Posted 4 Years Ago

This is so perfect. I myself can actually relate. Keep writing.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Another wonderful write with excellent message and language.

Greatly enjoyed.


Posted 4 Years Ago

Wow, this is really gorgeous, and dark, amazing job

Posted 4 Years Ago

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wow! Your choice of words are amazing
This poem is truly beautiful

Posted 4 Years Ago

This is an amazing poem that paints vivid pictures in the reader's mind. I can see the darkness in the words and it's really beautiful. Keep dreaming.

Posted 4 Years Ago

A beautiful poem!
Why do I always find such beauty in the macabre?!
I admire any work that can paint death in such a charming and romantic light.
We need a little light around her, she is what gives meaning to all of this.

Posted 5 Years Ago

This is great! I really liked it. I'm not a poet, therefore, I cannot offer you any tips on how to make it better. but I liked it!

Posted 6 Years Ago

It is one of the most beautiful pieces of work i have encountered so far. It grips the reader. As a reader i could feel what the poet is feeling... 'Damsel death' a very well used alliteration...
"How you tease your frigid lips of disease-
Although robust, I've longed for the cold kiss."
It is the most vivid description of someone in pain wanting death, desperate to be freed from the suffering...

Posted 6 Years Ago

Justin Littlefield

6 Years Ago

Wow thank you! I feel that when you're in a situation as I was when I wrote this, death isn't someth.. read more

6 Years Ago

I am sorry that you had to be in a situation where you preferred death over life... i hope you're n.. read more
First place:

Your sonnet tops the chart; it has no flaw.
Your skill, second to none, holds me in awe.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Added on June 20, 2012
Last Updated on July 30, 2015
Tags: poetry, sonnet, dark, death, dance, lust


Justin Littlefield
Justin Littlefield

Las Vegas, NV

I'm Justin, 24 years old, out of Las Vegas, NV. I've been writing for as long as I can remember, it matured with me, became something entwined in my spirit. Reading almost any piece of mine you may de.. more..


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