Music Prompt #6: “The Cave” By Mumford & Sons #musicchallenge #amwriting #music 


There were days I wondered

Did you have a heart?

Days when the torment

Just never stopped.

We’d go somewhere

Potential to be good

You’d find issue in a word

Pull me aside, in front of family

Berate me as you thought fit

Never thinking about me

Always in the guise of making me better

Aware, conscious you’d say

Of there being more than me in everything.

The scars are thick

Life-long abysses from which

I struggle to free myself.

I avoid, I find reason

To evade people

Not look in their eyes

For fear they see

The pain within me

Giving them permission to

Join the ridicule I know is in their hearts.

I’m a joke,

I’ve heard you say,

A pathetic waste of space

Uncaring and incapable of love

Said often enough you knew

I’d eventually believe.

There are days I wonder

If you ever had a heart.


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11 Responses to Music Prompt #6: “The Cave” By Mumford & Sons #musicchallenge #amwriting #music 

  1. MC Clark says:

    Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow! This is a powerful poem, Michael. So many times people go into marriage, and right off the bat, begin finding fault with the person they married, letting them know every chance they get. Makes you wonder why they married the imperfect person in the first place, especially since they, of course, are perfect.
    This is extremely well written, Michael, heartfelt and evocative. I feel your words.

  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Wow Michael. This is very honest and I could feel it was stream-of-consciousness type of writing. I’m sorry the song brought back painful memories but I hope it was also cleansing. You also got to the point of a lot of song very quickly and that’s impressive. Thank you for participating.

  3. weejars says:

    Stunning words. I could feel your pain 💔

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