After my final curtain call

when the stage lights dim,

what will life hold to see,

at the end of my show

when the ink has dried,

what will become of me?


Clutching crumbling pen

between trembling fingers

of a shaky, uncertain hand,

is that really my end;

no more words to impart

or silent solace to send?


Feel the clutching claws

of the Reaper’s raven,

so near, so near!

Have I naught to behold

but this cold dark

and deep dread fear?


Fading memories

of each painful slice

of a tearful, tormented life,

a world so cold; devoid of light,

but the mocking glint of

the nurturing knife?



Written by Darren Scanlon, 29th January 2015

Revised 11th November 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


27 Comments Add yours

  1. spoiler2010 says:

    Love to see someone put music to it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Now that would be interesting… Cheers, John.


  2. ajppobrien says:

    An excellent piece of dark writing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks AJ. Dark is where I seem to spend most of my time 😉

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Indeed, Dinata. 😉


  3. alfgarnet says:

    Well said my good friend .as some great poet said “words have no ending , ” take care keep blogging

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Cheers mate. Just hope the words live on long after the ink had dried up.


  4. noelleg44 says:

    Hope this time never comes to still your amazing words! Love the contradiction of the title!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Me too. Thanks Noelle.


  5. Rita says:

    Brilliant and thought provoking for sure. Love this, Darren ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Rita 😊

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  6. kcg1974 says:

    Bravo! Standing Ovation. Left me with chills.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Kim. Means a lot to me. 😊

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      1. kcg1974 says:

        Your words are so emotive, Darren. Loving the theatre as much as I do, this is a keeper for me. Your pen has no end in spite of ‘The Nurturing Knife.’

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      2. Amen to that, Kim.😊

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  7. olganm says:

    This is the end my friend…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Not as long as there is ink in my veins, my dear Olga. I will defiantly put ink to page as long as I am physically capable of doing so. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Poli Impelli says:

    Thanks, Darren. Again and again 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My pleasure, Poli.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Helene says:

    your words convey what most of us feel. Truly amazing.. thank you for sharing .

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My pleasure, Helene.


  10. Dr. Rex says:

    On another note … thanks for stopping by “It Is What It Is” and the follow. Hope you enjoy your visits there. Peace ….

    Liked by 1 person

  11. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    I do Believe your thoughts that were spun and woven into colorful words that painted images will make you immortal 🙂
    I like this very much…
    Thank you for sharing them with us
    Take Care…You Matter…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you m’lady, for your kind words.


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