DARK PANACEA

A crowded room 
is such a lonely place,
wear a fragile mask 
upon a weary face.

Everybody’s here 
but there’s nobody there
and there’s nothing to do 
except sit and stare.

The distant sounds 
of joy and laughter
drifting like echoes 
in dusty rafters.

As you slowly subside, 
sinking way down low
and you're silently wondering 
how far you can go.

Your eyelids are heavy, 
they’re beginning to close
but nobody sees you 
so nobody knows.

They’re intent on their own 
monotonous ways
as they chase their tails 
for oblivious days.

Darkness is waiting 
to numb your pain,
wrapping you in arms,
welcome back again.

Engulfing and total, 
a cushion of peace
where stress and strains
just simply cease.

Hello my dark friend,
I ask you once more
to come fill my soul,
my mind and my core.

Let nothing but the peace 
of Panacea slip past,
hold me until time 
takes the pieces at last.



*

Written by Darren Scanlon, 19th April 2014.
Revised 18th May 2015.
©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.
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