The Beast (V)

05 Sep

The Beast

Every once in a while
the beast, that resides
within me, awakens;
licks his lips…
bares his snaggle-toothed grin;
preparing to unleash
an unholy torrent
of pain and anguish
on the unsuspecting masses.
And though I try
to keep him chained
and chloroformed,
to spare others of his venom.
I never really know
just what will rouse him
from his dreamless slumber.
I never, ever know what it is,
that will next set him off.
And so—when the unimaginable occurs,
and he rears up, to strike
fear into his victims,
I do my best
to mitigate the damage…
do what I can to soothe him
before he can draw first blood;
before he draws last blood!
For, regardless of what awoke him,
it is I that would be to blame,
were I to do nothing,
letting him run rampant;
were I to let him have free rein.

© September 5, 2010 CRF


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14 responses to “The Beast (V)

  1. onescoobthree

    September 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    okay first of all LOL @ chloroform!

    Also, we all have these inner beasts/demons that we struggle with. I know I do. I make friends with them, then they agree to protect me when I need strength, and I agree to not let them out otherwise. …:O
    They make for good inspiration (as we see here).

    I Love You *kisses*

    • falcon1974

      September 5, 2010 at 11:41 pm

      Yeah, they can be quite ornery. So, what do your beasts/demons get out of the deal? It doesn’t sound like a fair exchange. 😀

      Yeah, well I liked the image portrayed by chloroformed. 😛

      • onescoobthree

        September 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm

        It’s a great image, it just made me smile and slightly giggle. They get to stay, and not fight with me. Tho, sometimes I have to punish them. They’re like children; gotta keep ’em in line, but with reason not overly forceful.

        • falcon1974

          September 5, 2010 at 11:45 pm

          I’ll have to try that out sometime: keep them in line with reason, not force…*pondering*

          • onescoobthree

            September 5, 2010 at 11:47 pm

            A stern voice and fairness go a long way. *kisses* 😉

            • falcon1974

              September 5, 2010 at 11:56 pm

              That’s good to know! *huggs* 🙂

  2. Sue

    September 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I loved this !!! My beast requires taming also – but you said it so much better than I did:

    The mean reds
    worse than the blues
    from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    yah know – Audrey Hepburn
    feel keener
    than the blues

    wanna stomp on someone’s head
    kick someone out
    without a doubt
    yeah I know who
    and why
    wanna wish them bye-bye

    and in all of it I have no control at all
    there is not a damn thing I can do
    except go
    pooh pooh

    thank goodness sites like this
    to blog the mean reds away
    yay yay !!

    Please read my posted poem – My Lover – and let me know – I wrote it for Cheryl’s Pals Collab I have written some amazing stuff for that site. Amazing to me as tackling poetry again is still so new

    Thank you !!!

    • falcon1974

      September 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

      Yeah…poetry certainly does provide that outlet to release our anger in a more productive manner.

      I’ll check out your page for your poems. I haven’t been to the Cheryl’s Pals Collab in quite a while. I have to give them credit for introducing me to some great friends and for providing me with some inspiration as I was growing as a poet. However, certain things just struck me the wrong way and as a result, my inspiration and enjoyment of the site waned.

  3. Joleene Naylor

    September 8, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Nice! I have been fighting mine lately in regard to an ongoing email thread… so far I am winning, but I can’t guarantee it will stay that way 😉

    I really liked the ending lines:

    “..For, regardless of what awoke him,
    it is I that would be to blame
    were I to do nothing,
    letting him run rampant;
    were I to let him have free rein.”

    It just summed it up nicely 🙂

    • falcon1974

      September 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Jo. It is a constant struggle. I hope you come out of your battle victorious. 😀

      I liked those lines too, though I wasn’t sure if it should be rein or reign…I always mix those two words up. 😀

  4. Lori

    September 13, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Good one Craig yes we all have this , I think reign worked well. Just got back

    • falcon1974

      September 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      Welcome back Lori. Thanks 😀

  5. cheryldarr

    October 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Excellent poem, and I totally agree. I wish more people felt that way.

    • falcon1974

      October 14, 2010 at 12:45 am

      Thanks Cheryl. Sometimes it is just so difficult to hold that beast in.


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