Do not wander back into that dark night
where the sweet air is tinged with the darting flight
of angels whose piercing shrieks of delight
are discordant cries for help.
Do not be led back into that dark abyss
where the marks of disease are taken as bliss
and a festering blister accompanies each kiss
between two errant souls.
Do not be so quick to delve back in
to the nostalgic places you have been,
to hope for better luck from within
than you’ve had since breaking out.
For we know that to hope is a bittering thing-
directed, far worse than aimless wandering-
and you will never feel the warm dawn of spring
if you return to that dark night.
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A walking stereotype, Charlotte Cuevas is exactly what you’d expect from a children’s librarian and freelance writer- most days you’ll find her bustling about here and there, balancing coffee and a stack of books, fingers stained with ink and pearls jangling. She’s quite serious about poetry, literature, personal growth, and figuring out how to rebuff society’s standards when she’s most content fitting right into them.
The 365 Poetry Project is Charlotte’s attempt to push herself to a greater mastery of the craft, as opposed to her wonderful penchant for writing “whenever I feel like it.” She in no way claims that it was her idea; only that it feels like something she need to do.
Follow Charlotte at http://charlottecuevas.wordpress.com