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IT ENDS WITHIN!

It ends here!
So… I offer this,
my battered armour,
my sword sheathed in its place of rest,
and I take up in their place instead
a pen and flimsy paper
to wrap you in the words of a condemned man
who finally found his voice.

I am a condemned man;
condemned by religious bigotry,
condemned by political agendas,
condemned by social class,
condemned by racial slurs.

I stand before you
judged by fear and hate,
cast out to the fringes
before the trial began.
In fact I was condemned before I was born;
condemned by the DNA of sin,
condemned by the past guilt of ancestors,
condemned by the stories of conquerors,
condemned by the swift hands of injustice.

I was born with the mark of a devil
and a crown of thorns
embedded deep in my psyche…

…such abuse should never be placed
upon the heads of innocence…

As a child I was told,
“Harden your heart,
toughen your skin,
tighten your grip,
don’t rock the boat, son,
toe the line, boy,
It’s a tough world out there,
no place for dreamers or losers!”

… and I never questioned who made it thus…

… but it is us
who carry the lies and deceits of monarchs, pontiffs, and generals,
we who question not
those who command our youth into wars,
who even in peace time
sit on their golden thrones
and feed us crumbs to keep us pecking.

CUT ME!

… cut me and I’ll bleed,
break my heart and I’ll cry,
threaten me and I’ll be fearful,

but put me in shackles?
I WILL BREAK FREE!
For although I am steeped in condemnation
and I am guilty of silent resignation,
I’LL BE DAMNED
IF I’LL CARRY THIS CURSE ANY FURTHER!

IT… ENDS… HERE!
… within…

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Many thanks to RAT RHYMES hosted by Raymondo in Ballarat for giving me the platform to recite this. A great day spent by fellow bubblers Lisa Jewel
msdebbie and where I finally met Acadia Tempest and Tracey Mac Much love to you all.

Comments

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 3 years ago

    My Dear Cos,

    I shall never forget you reciting this powerful and poignant piece, there was such a hush in the audience each person held their breath all eyes were fixed on your voice….delivering final and absolute liberation. No shackles near you, my dear friend…you walk so free and hold a person such as me, so dearly. I wonder if you know the significance you’ve brought to my life. And so I experienced the very same, when reading this masterpiece of triumph over such bigotry and odds.

    Power and love to you xoxoxoxo

  • and how lovely it was to share it in your presence. Your friendship a special gift to me, Lisa, and your words hold me dearly. Thank you for your constant support and love. xoxoxoxo

    – Cosimo Piro

  • Darren Stein
    Darren Steinover 3 years ago

    Nice one. Well done. Very inspiring.

  • Many thanks Darren for your attention. Greatly appreciate it.

    – Cosimo Piro

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 3 years ago

    I can ‘hear’ you reading this poem of release Cos with a passion that I know you have …a true life poet and gentle man. To read this at RR amongst friends, would have been wonderful x
    Love to you Cos, Sandra

  • Thanks Sandra… you were missed. Much love. xoxo

    – Cosimo Piro

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioover 3 years ago

    SUCH A WONDERFUL, POWERFUL WRITE COS! READING THESE WORDS IS INSPIRATIONAL….HEARING YOU READ THESE WORDS AT RR ADDED ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DIMENSION TO THEM! THIS IS ONE REASON THAT I ENCOURAGE ALL WRITERS IF AND WHEN THEY CAN TO SHARE THEIR VOICES WITH US!!! BRAVO MY FRIEND! ENCORE!!!

  • Thanks Raymondo… truly a great arvo and as it turned out went into the evening… didn’t get home till 1am. Many thanks for your energy and encouragement.

    – Cosimo Piro

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Wonderfully written and thought provoking piece, thoroughly enjoyed it and its message will stay with me for a long time. Alma

  • Many thanks Alma… I am honored by your glowing comment. Greatly appreciate it.

    – Cosimo Piro

  • nellaevad
    nellaevadover 3 years ago

    an amazing ,powerfull piece.

  • Many thanks Dave. Enjoy your portfolio… amazing drawings.

    – Cosimo Piro

  • finirat
    finiratover 3 years ago

    Hey hey hey…. You crazy guy!!! Love you and the voices in your head.

  • … and we all thank you. Cheers bro

    – Cosimo Piro

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeover 3 years ago

    a powerful write…well said:)

  • Thanks so much Robin. Lovely to see you here. xo

    – Cosimo Piro

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 3 years ago

    Fabulous write. I love the spirit of rebellion in this and the wisdom that brought you there. The older I get the more I think anarchy and rebellion are the only way. LOL xoxox

  • yeah I’m up for anarchy… as long as everybody does as I say… lol
    To see the world with older eyes certainly breaks down the bull that is told us… it becomes ineffectual when one sees through it. Many thanks, Sybille. xoxo

    – Cosimo Piro

  • Melanie Moor
    Melanie Moorover 3 years ago

    Thank you!! Very empowering!!

  • this reply comes with apologies Melanie as I’ve seemed to have missed your comment in the rush of catching up. Appreciate your attention and comment with many thanks.

    – Cosimo Piro

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