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Three Fates spew caustic sputum
from the mouth of denial,;
spinning tangled threads of life
in the subliminal isthmus of conscience,
woven in the wicked web of words
gestating in the acquiescence of innocence,

Delilah sells trust
from the gateway of antiquity
as the apothecary mixes lies
with a bitter pill of injustice.
Compounding a placebo
for the circus of the senate.

Breaching the bowels of the labyrinth,
before the schism of Hades,
the barking carnies
lobby in the sideshow
for the house of smoke and mirrors.

The divided sides’ paradigm……

A theorem of two faith’s ambiguity
results in a cataclysmic debacle
as the orators pound their chests
and posture for the spoils.
Eroding the chasm of dogma.

While the uncovered languish
under dirty linen in forgotten beds,
thrown from aseptic hallways
by the sanatorium of neglect.

The immoral hide the stain of Cain
behind a mask of manipulation,
and spin a rope of reprehensive promises
imbued with lies.

Like the metamorphosis of thunder
their wasted breath is a malodorous breeze.


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  • lianne
    lianneover 5 years ago

    Oh I see Congress written all over this one!!! What a portrait you paint, Tony – the old Roman “bread and circuses” Wonderfully astute, cleverly written – a powerful indictment indeed!

  • Thank you Lianne, yes I am a sucker for all things Latin….Roman that is. As I said earlier, very Poe-ish…Dark and distraught……..Hopefully a butterfly will catch my imagination and I will return for a bright and hopeful write

    – trwoody

  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsover 5 years ago

    Amazing……with all of this vivid and descriptive prose inside your head, why have you waited so long to share? Fantastic, my friend!:))

  • You are too kind Sande….just a little Loudonian speak lol….xoxo

    – trwoody

  • ShadowDancer
    ShadowDancerover 5 years ago

    Wow Tony, this was deep, I had to read it a few times to be honest… all I can say is I get it and AMEN! This is a really incredible write. xx

  • Thank you Patty Jo….I guarantee no one will get all the symbols, metaphors, and references the first time they read it, if they ever get them all. Every word, phrase, and line is in it for a reason. Delightful to have you stop by my friend

    – trwoody

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 5 years ago

    a masterpiece,

    absolutely brilliant, I felt a righteous venom in your quill. Symbolism and imagery is superb….

    your indictment is crystal..

  • Wonderful to see your face brighten my page Lisa…Such a comment from you humbles me.

    – trwoody

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 5 years ago

    Good on you, as it is a good write, a good spirit tone about the whole of it, very good…Cheers

  • Thank you Norma…love and light

    – trwoody

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 5 years ago

    I’d really like to HEAR you speak this – if I could cope with the impact that is!!

  • Why thank you Enivea, I might try that some time

    – trwoody

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 5 years ago

    When words are taken to turn the tide of the world against itself…..hypocrisy resides on the thrown on truth and lies fester the kingdom ….and fall it will as it did when Rome fell soured by inbuilt decay…
    This indeed was a feast to read TR….it got me out of my sleepy pocket and rocketed be back to the ‘Ides Of March’ ….Brilliant writing in my humble opinon…XX

  • Et tu, Karen Sue…thank you, so glad you understand

    – trwoody

  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    Brilliant writing and flow of thought, my mind enjoyed this one…I also am a big fan of the “Roman days” and, I was born on the Ides of March ;D

    Congratulations, you’re featured in the Art of Pain

  • How great of you Erika to grace my page. Perhaps time has paid its penance when you were born to the Ides of March. Thank you for featuring me in the Art of Pain

    – trwoody

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 5 years ago

    Wow! Talk about genius – this is seriously brilliant. Had to go over it quite a few times. Whew. Congratulations to YOU on your most well deserved feature!!! hugs, shar xoxoxo

  • Thank you my dear friend, so nice to see you back ….and up to your most gracious and enchanting persona.
    Truly a pleasure…love to you too

    – trwoody

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