Pauper Souled

Pauper poor
born to a family preachers
never had enough
envy
a sin that could not be excised.
Eloquent voice
roaring from the pulpit
extorting
bullying
stealing
building a kingdom upon the backs of the broken.
Slowly
shadows encroaching
falling to the wayside.
Forgotten:
tenets of love
peace
helping others.
Learned:
tenets of hatred
war
forsaking all.
Money clenched tight
two fists
never letting go.
Why use it as it should be?
To feed the poor.
To help communities.
Reach out to the forgotten
the addicts
the soulless.
Instead used thus…..
Home built upon a hill
glass and gold agleam
cherubs guard the gates
stained black
gorging on sin.
Cling to the fantasy
celebrate worth
celebrate love
while in the corner……
the Devil does sit.
Hellions
imps
demons
slathering
hidden by the shadows
waiting
lusting for the bloated soul
the vile poison oozing from pores.
Patience
while called a virtue
is something the denizens of Hell
are familiar with
as they wait
watching
waiting
for one to trip.
They descend
wrapping
in wicked embrace
ignoring the screams
down they go.
Oh poor baby
really thought all would be forgotten
forgiven
absolved at the pearly gates
failing to remember 
the deal made.
©April 30/19
Picture via Pinterest

Rescue (Picture Prompt #5)

I stand
feet stockinged
water lapping at my toes
as I try to stay above
to keep breathing
to keep living
despite
because of
instead of
the pain that infects my heart
the screams resounding in my mind
ripped silently from my mouth.
Standing a top a crooked table
upon a crooked chair
upon a crooked stack
ready to tumble
ready to break
should I move
replace
step forward
step away.
I long to reach out
to trace my fingers over your lips
to feel them caress my own
to stare into liquid chocolate
to taste the sweetness that we were
that I long for us to be again.
You swore
you promised
you vowed
you were on the level
so why did you rip my heart apart?
Deep within the woods
swamp sucking
I stand awaiting
noose at my neck
will you save me
or will I save myself?
April 8/19
Picture prompt via John @ The Eclectic Contrarian
Word of the Day Via Word of the Day Challenge