The Darkness Within #haibun

everyone is a moon and has a dark side they never show

Pale lunar prescience
Eavesdropping upon the night
Impartial witness

Many tales do not tell
They gloss over struggle
and embellish triumph,
They speak only of that quest
Into an ancient castle
To find a long lost treasure
To rescue a love meant to be…
Such glamour they portray
Such excitement and adventure

Yet little is said of dismay
Little is told of the fear that grips you now
Of the choicelessness

For what can you do
When fate pulls you hence
Inexorable and insistent
To this point in life you cannot keep at bay
To face your greatest challenge
To conquer your greatest foe
The one you’ve locked away
In that fortress only you can know

And so you stare on
As a pallid moon gleams upon the soul’s landscape
And dread trickles down your spine
For you hear the echoes of a ghoulish wail
And the incessant rattle of chains about to break

You quake and tremble
As the harsh world without
Inflames the prisoner within
A prisoner you must always soothe
A foe to whom you cannot lose

A darkness within

Waning moon of night
Watching souls, seeking secrets
To tame the dark side


I wrote this for Sadje’s what do you see photo prompt

For some the dark side is deep and buried away.
For others it is stronger, a second nature.
May we strive to beam the soft light of goodness, under which darkness cannot fight, but only slumber in peace.

And may we have the patience to seek for the goodness in all things.

Stay safe, stay loving

33 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris Hall says:

    Superb imagery, Jude. I love the build up. I hear the rattle of chains and the ghoulish wail… splendid stuff πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Chris. I’m glad you like this

      Liked by 1 person

  2. justcalmwildness says:

    Goosh your work is so beautiful and relatable. May your ink never run out!!!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jackie. This truly warms my heart 🌸🌷

      Liked by 1 person

  3. michnavs says:

    Wow…brilliant imagery Jude…πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much, I’m grateful for the appreciation.

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      1. michnavs says:

        πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    Loving the idea of the moon ‘taming the wild side…’

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Jayne. I’m glad you like it

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  5. Sadje says:

    Very deep thoughts. Maybe for us all the struggle exists and for some it is more prominent part of their lives.
    Thanks for joining in the challenge Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah I guess it depends on a number of external factors but sometimes its just natural

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  6. Jay Bleu says:

    Really Cool B-)

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  7. You are a magnificent writer. This piece is superb.
    xoxo

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Gabriella, I’m glad that you like

      Like

  8. kittysverses says:

    Superb thoughts, superb imagery, superb flow of poetry. Well done, Jude. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Kitty, I’m glad you like this

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Jude. πŸ™‚

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  9. memadtwo says:

    There is a lot of tension in your words. I think we do always struggle to balance the dark and the light. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I guess it’s a never ending dance. Thank you K

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  10. mariamichaela says:

    I love this so much! I’d like to reblog it and post it on my IG, crediting you of course. If it’s okay with you.

    This is such a lovely piece. πŸ‘Œ

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yes please Michaela, I’d like that very much. Thank you for the reading and sharing, 🌸🌼🌻

      Liked by 1 person

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