Claws of Despair


Insidious tendrils
of dark thoughts
twist themselves
around the mind
choking the joy
out of the day

Stealthily they creep
through the veins
siphoning the hope
out of blood
sucking the heart
into their dark embrace
dousing faith’s glow

Limply the days fall
into the abyss
happiness gasps
for breath
in despair’s acid fog
feet grow roots
in melancholic mire
unable to step
towards the light
an unending struggle
doomed to fail

Toxic tentacles
strengthen their grip
pulling me down
beneath the inky blackness
into which I go willingly

© 2015 Uma Venkatraman ~ All Rights Reserved

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