Making peace with vengeance


Making peace with vengeance
is when dinner’s cold for
prisoners of golden hair
for blue eyes and the molten nights
of sinners’ unmade beds.

Bedsheets stiff like lizard’s skin
neon lights and whispered words
wet with stubborn lies,
a night of smothered pestilence.

The sentenced sense of grim pretense
when raptors seek your sick entrails
It’s a lieutenant’s probing hand
engaged in bribery of jurymen.
and muttered hiss of cold revenge.
Making peace with vengeance.

Head of divine vengeance by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon

Head of divine vengeance by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon



May 2, 2015

23 responses to “Making peace with vengeance

  1. Very well written and so many images were conjured. This line in particular, ” It’s a lieutenant’s probing hand
    engaged in bribery of jurymen”
    is great!

  2. This is excellent. I love these lines:
    “prisoners of golden hair
    for blue eyes and the molten nights”
    “Bedsheets stiff like lizard’s skin
    neon lights”
    “The sentenced sense of grim pretense
    when raptors seek your sick entrails”

  3. i can sense the anger throughout, though no direct harsh words were directed to the reader, but rather a descriptive attitude in telling, Nice one

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  4. The title is a paradox — how can anyone make peace with vengeance, much less make peace with a vengeance? So the result here can’t help but dig in nightmare dirt. How can anyone bury the hatchet when they won’t let it go?

  5. Reading your poem had a similar effect on me as looking deeply at an abstract painting. Each line provides a new layer, a new image to wonder at. This is an amazing representation of vengeance.

  6. engaged in bribery of jurymen.
    and muttered hiss of cold revenge.
    Making peace with vengeance.

    Great ending Bjorn! Reminds one of the current problems bothering the football world. FIFA seems to be too strong to be dislodged until a few days ago! A wrong footing ought to be righted certainly!

    Hank

  7. Whew. Not sure if that is making peace with vengence, or making peace, with vengence. The thing about revenge is that it only makes us feel good in the moment and then we too must live with the consequences of it.

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