Emotional Bonfire Raging

Battling inside, memories collide, hurting, cutting,
tearing apart life.

Flying across the field of vision, touching only
long enough to hurt and anger, then they're on their
quest again, circularly terrifying the inner most
mind.

Wanting this unwanted terror to stop forever, it does
not.

Wrenching apart the insides of a body, pulling,
twisting it like taffy.

Would love to step on it, stomp on it, to make it go
away.

Nothing happens, as it continues controlling thoughts,
unable to stop.

Rage keeps building, firing the anger in ever-increasing
piles.

Being readied like a bonfire, to be set ablaze, trying
to push the memories and thoughts away, only seems to
increase their intensity, inside, trying to hide, but
cannot.

This ferris-hell-wheel will not let one get off.

Slipping, sliding, trying to get away from it, thoughts
come rushing, pushing their way up.

Jump. Jump off and die, peace filling once again.

Seeing the possibility clearly, of getting rid of it
permanently, memories painful, shattering, heeding
the call, slipping into peaceful death as a body falls
to earth.

by RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Comments (6)

This poem, credited to simply burgess was quoted by Johnny Carson on the July 12,1984 episode of The Tonight Show. He looked over at band leader Doc Severenson who was dressed in purple, and said you remind me of a poem I read in third grade... he then quoted it from memory.
Years later, he wrote: O Yes, I wrote the purple cow I'm sorry now I wrote it. But I can tell you anyhow I'll kill you if you quote it.
Years later he wrote: O Yes, I wrote the purple cow I'm sorry now I wrote it But I can tell you anyhow I'll kill you if you quote it.....
This is more like a quote than a poem, but I love it. I remember when I was younger someone said this and I was huh. There isn't no such thing as a purple cow.
CristianDolon, your girlfriend must be really old because this poem was written in 1895..... :)
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