Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "This Curséd Gift"

This poem was prompted and sponsored by ladyqkat.


This Curséd Gift
-- a villanelle


This curséd gift is worked within us all
Who dwell in human flesh, yet bear a soul
That trembles when the hunger makes its call.

An accident, a suicide, a fall --
We come to sip the fear of those left whole.
This curséd gift is worked within us all.

An earthquake shakes the timbers of the hall --
We pour outside and rush to fill our role
That trembles when the hunger makes its call.

A diplomatic incident, a brawl --
As generals we dig each war's hell-hole.
This curséd gift is worked within us all.

A stadium, a concert dome, a stall --
We feed upon the crowd, filet of soul,
That trembles when the hunger makes its call.

We cannot turn from what holds us in thrall,
But only choose the form to take its toll
That trembles when the hunger makes its call.
This curséd gift is worked within us all. 

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