I Know My Worth- Devereaux Frazier

I know my worth
Are you sure about that 
They ask me in the twilight hours
Caressing the vain sense and sensibilities
Of someone already caught in the eye
Storms vast, lighting strikes wide and deadly
The waves toss my hapless soul overboard
And plunge me deep into the abyss of sorrows
But alas, they are not my own
Not mine to keep
Just bitter tales of man and woman
Too deep in love to remain apart
When the fates have aligned they should
Swords run through aghast faces
Spears pluck the youth from their mothers
And leave carcasses piled high to heaven
Are you sure you know your worth 
When everyone around you is bleeding
And everything is choking on the blood
Not of their own, and not of yours
But of their forefathers, and all their mistakes
How blessed can life truly be when pain
Is served for each and every meal
There is no remedy for the man of burden
Toiling away, he writes his passions in the dust
With each breath he loses a day
But gains a star in the ever present firmament
One day I too will join my star family
One day I will know what it means to be home
So when they ask me
Are you sure you know your worth 
I will say no
Because as long as I’m here I cannot say
My path has hardly started, and goals
Simply fooled with
But those who come after me can say
Without an inkling of doubt
Who I was
Yes, we knew his worth 
In the world he created, we too can create 
And in continuing on the path of peace
Redeem the time so solemnly granted
And eagerly withdrawn 

Daughter of the Ebon Flame- Eric Syrdal

Daughter of the Ebon Flame ES

in the beginning
there was dark
the only sound
was the thrumming
of the blood in my ears
a primordial rhythm
a fanfare and funeral march
announcing my mortal birth
and my immortal death
as the atoms of star dust aligned
and the seeds of love were sown
into the furrows of striated muscle
my armor was forged in the kiln of my soul
by a dark fire
by Her
clement hands
and She lives there still

Daughter of the Ebon Flame

She is
a fragment of creation
the first time my heart loved
and I feel
Her gravity
every single day

Eric Syrdal is an independent poet/author. He’s an avid gamer and Sci-Fi enthusiast. He enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy literature and spends a great deal of his writing time focused in those genres. He is from New Orleans, Louisiana, where he lives with wife and two children.  You can read more Eric’s writing at My Sword and Shield….

The Light- Alethia Green


I wrapped your metal bars around my soul like velvet rope
I called your cage safety and grew around you like a tree around barbed wire
I pulled you tighter and tighter and called it comfort like hot whiskey calming my nerves
my mouth so full of you I couldn’t taste the metal in your kisses
My hands so full of dreams I couldn’t grasp the truth
My weary mind forcing my enslaved heart to beat.

Only one beat at a time. A day was too exhausting to hope for
You smugly hid the key in plain site, knowing I could only see you
I had to rip me apart, twist and tearing into a thousand pieces to escape
You let me, thinking I would bleed out and leave my pain there for you to feed on.
I have put myself together one fractured piece at a time.

I am something new now. Scars mark each fracture.
But you should know, scars are not open wounds, they are tougher for the cuts and tears inflicted.

Where the Salt of my tears used to burn it now taste of survival.
There’s still a hole in the center of me where I let you be a part of me, a dark hole.

I can’t find a light bright enough to pierce the darkness. All are like a small beam shining into the blackness of a moonless night sky.
But my essence bleeds into the hole as glitter filled blood.

One day I will change what used to be dark to glow a soft, but mesmerizing light as a full moon.
Strong enough to turn tides. And make darkness yearn for

The light

I’m 44 and have 3 kids and the proud Nana of 2.
I write from the places in me I don’t easily share and I hope it touches you somewhere you let sleep.
You can read more of my writing and follow me at Twistdbutterfly