Image: Luis Royo
I was the wretch
Dragged screaming before you
A wastrel, a scoundrel,
A pathetic and needy louse.
You looked down on me
I saw not pity in your eyes
Mine has been a wasted life
Years of frolicking in a world
Of excess and ingratitude.
I stood before you
Emaciated, a degenerate
Whose fade should have been
To rot in some dark deep dungeon.
I had sacrificed lives
Spent fortunes on self-indulgence.
But you never hinted of judgement
When you spoke:
You are more than this.
Bask in the love that awaits you
Be the man you can be.”
Through the filth of my withered psyche
You showed me a light.
Around me voices sniggered,
Scoffed at such suggestion
But inside I felt a stirring.
I lifted my sorry self a last time
From my own life slime
And stepped into the future.
Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/writing-prompt-146-the-emperor/
Sounds like rebirth to me Michael, sometimes you have to hit bottom to make that change
Yes I think that is a good summation Yves….for some it comes later than for others. Happy Valentine’s Day…
Thank you Michael! You have a Happy Valentine’s Day too =)
“Nice tale of redemption,” she said. “We all can use it.”
thank you my friend, lovely comment.
This is wonderful! It really pulled me in. I also love the happy ending. 🙂
thank you Joy, we all want a happy ending.
Yes. That is true. 🙂
I think a good many of us have that time in their life when they have to step up and fly right. My own occurred when, many years ago, I became pregnant and knew I wanted to be a good mother, one my child would be proud of.
Wonderful poem, Michael. 🙂
Thank you Cathy, appreciate your comment.