Darkness deserved

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

As darkness tiptoes through the lanes, we shut
the windows, block the doors to close the void
inside that cries for breaking bones, for guts
to tear, for blood, revenge for peace destroyed;
we beg for grace to find somewhere inside
forgiveness, pity or at least the nerve
to let contempt and hate subside, to dry
instead of being fed by fear, to verve
to grow this emptiness we nursed, deserved.

Today Laura hosts at dVerse MTB and asks us to write a a Novelinee consisting of a nine-line stanza in iambic pentameter (or several) in iambic pentameter with rhyme scheme a,b,a,b,c,d,c,d,d.

September 9, 2021

23 responses to “Darkness deserved

  1. ‘to let contempt and hate subside, to dry
    instead of being fed by fear’

    – I think its a lesson the whole world could do with learning right now, otherwise I suppose we do deserve the darkness!

  2. Bjorn, one of your best poems ever, and much needed in this moment of time. I really connect to searching for:
    “the nerve / to let contempt and hate subside.”
    Perfect song choice also, as the “black hole sun” consumes everything in its path.

  3. The way the lines run one into the next gives such urgency to the refusal of responsbility–the speaker knows they cannot run away from it, but are trying, line by line.

  4. Bjorn,
    An impassioned plea for sanity, no, for grace, in a world that seems pitiless more and more each day. Thank you.
    pax,
    dora

  5. The only way out of the darkness is the hiding but the faith that love conquers all
    Luv this poem. It speaks pandemic truths

    Much💖love

  6. Such a lovely quote to start the poem I specially admire this line as it sparks hope and light

    we beg for grace to find somewhere inside

  7. we beg for grace to find somewhere inside
    forgiveness, pity or at least the nerve
    to let contempt and hate subside

    Glad for the hope and less anxiety in facing the current problems affecting everyone the world over. Doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to disappear though!

    Hank

  8. Fear is one of the greatest thing that divides all of us. So much of what happens in our world is fear manipulated for political gain! We must move beyond that to common sense once more! Well done.

  9. “ or at least the nerve
    to let contempt and hate subside, to dry
    instead of being fed by fear”
    Yes. At least the nerve.
    Loved this. Thanks for sharing. ♥️ 👏

  10. Such power, Björn. You’ve maintained the structure, yet the words move, swirl. “we beg for grace to find somewhere inside
    forgiveness…” Acknowledgement that we are not always, perhaps not often, our better selves. So much to consider in this piece.

  11. “to grow this emptiness we nursed, deserved” – wise words, Bjorn. Exactly – is it worth all the fight if all you win is emptiness? Forgiveness is always the answer. So well put ❤

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