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“Drowning” – A Dark Poem by Theresa Ryder

This time he dragged her down, bound with him
Clutching they spun inhaling, plunging in
Needle tight breaths, she smacked and fought back
Against his tourniquet grip, she slipped free in slack

Necked gropes as he grasped her hopes and crushed
As burning, they spiralled, kicking then hushed

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Unfit by Ron Walker

The shadows sway,
and stand agape,
and hair erect-
upon the nape
of time inside
this whiskey glass-
Descending
into Dragon Pass…

I have a soul
that must be sold-
I’m told it’s worth
the weight in gold,
alas,
I cannot get it back-
from voices on
this hellbound track…

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A Joke at Midnight by Arnab Mukhopadhyay

In the darkness-
Of this sleepless night,
And in the midst
Of a slumbering world-

The sensation
as a ghost,
haunts me.

I’m alone. All Alone!

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The Storm Inside by Brea Viragh

A storm outside
Darkening the sky
Stealing the light
Shaking the soul and body
With rambunctious bolts of searing energy.
Let the rain come
And let the thunder roar.

Let the wind take my breath
So that I may no longer speak your name.

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I by Jim Miller – Dark Sad Poetry

I want to die
and I want to live.
I want a break
and I want a fix.

I want to feel
and I want to numb.
I want to hide
and I want to run.

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Unleashed – A Dark Poem by Joy S. J. Edwards

Unleashed with salty tread,
My tears fall silently,
Enough to drown in added together,
Sorrow piled up by the roadside outside my house,

As it can’t contain the amount sent,
I use all my strength,
Batten the doors,

Try to keep out,
Howling black phantoms,
Worries and doubt,

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Water and Sand by Amelia Ann

hot tears spring out, teasing
peeling skin with the broken promise of cooling
as she waits
to be pumped full of salty brine
and then discarded, debris
carried by the waves until she
washes up on some strange, sunbaked shore, a
sea-scratched corpse, the
refuse of murder, or perhaps,
suicide

she bobs up
and down, violently
tossed by the waves, frantically
snatching rapid half-breaths-half-gulps-of-ocean before she’s
plunged ten feet
under, then
propelled back up, an insignificant
buoy caught in a
cyclone’s raging passion. his arms
grasp at her as
forcefully as a prayer expands out against
her chest, calling
for ocean to swallow the
naked groans and shrieks yanked
out into the unforgiving air—
each scream,
a plea that she might
die this moment, escape
the body convulsing and writhing,
possessed

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Can You Sing One Last Time? Poem by Nirranjani Sakthi

Can you sing one last time
For this weary soul?
Just to wrap her in love
Before she goes awol?

Tired of all these miseries
She seeks some solace,
Tormented with questions
She’s a hobo, now turned soul-less,

Wandering in the crowds
She searches for one single face,

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Chemical Crutch by Joania Hernandez

He found his happiness
in an orange-tinted bottle with a child proof lid
popping his meds and his precious endorphins
holding them closer than family
but nobody thought he was addicted
until the day he ran out

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The Last Candle by Camille Sharon

There’s Nobody there
Nobody at all.
I shout, I cry, I scream
no one answers my call.

They say there’s light out there
light which I cannot see
but all I have inside
is a Dark Eternity.

The room keeps getting smaller
the walls are closing in
there’s no door to get out
no way to let hope in.

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Ten Years by Damon Chambers

In the last ten years I have faced cancer and survived a stroke.
Let me be the one to tell you that your health is no joke.

In the last ten years I had a marriage end in divorce.

Keeping my family together at any cost wasn’t something I could force.

In the last ten years I found a new love more than a few times at that.
I learned once again relationships can quickly go flat.

In the last ten years I lost my mother way too early.

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My Dream – Poem by ‘UnspokenPain’

Planes falling from the sky.
darkness all around me.
everyone’s eyes are filled with fear.
fear, fear is all I see.

I hide in a corner and wait for it to pass.
but the darkness, just will not leave.

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Falling Down a Tunnel by Camille Sharon

Falling Down a Tunnel

I’m falling down a tunnel
it’s slippery like a slide
it’s way too dark in here
there’s no light from outside.

There’s no way to get out
there’s no way to get back
the walls are wet and cold
I’m frightened of the black.

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My final breath, a sigh – Poem by Gee

My final breath, a sigh by Gee

I had neither time nor patience,
and this, I so relayed,
annoyance being the tone I used,
but still the stranger stayed.

I bid him sit, if stay he must,
offering him a chair,
this he declined, without a word,
but with a steely glare.

That chilled my bones to marrows core,
withering my very soul,

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