Falling into

the dark icy deep,

engulfed in the bosom

of a cold crushing sleep.


Wrapped up so tight

within a trembling embrace,

a chilling kiss caressing

your disbelieving face.


The light from above

fades slowly from view

as the writhing waters

welcome you


to their icy womb;

such a desolate tomb.


And as colour fades,

the dark grows so deep,

as you silently slip

into a long somber sleep.


Leaving behind you

a life and a love,

a realisation

of loss up above.


To fight is now futile,

for there is no release.

To accept; to welcome;

embrace the long peace.


A shuddering panic

as death fills your core,

then surrender yourself

to this cold hearted whore.


And the seas roll on

in their solemn advance,

welcoming all

who dare take the chance.


Its cruel icy depths

are awash with lost souls,

resting eternal,

the buoys bell now tolls.



Written by Darren Scanlon, December 2013

Revised 13th May 2016.

©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.



12 Comments Add yours

  1. gauravbarot says:

    Excellent!! Superb!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. olganm says:

    Beautiful, lyrical and oh, so sad. Thanks, Darren!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks YOU, Olga. 🙃


  3. Birdine L Remaley Jr says:

    Embracing Sir…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you my friend


  4. Absolutely mesmerizing. The rhyming and the cadences are impeccable. Well done

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you very much.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome 🙂


  5. sevoiland says:

    This piece is a light rail to eternity. No jogs or bumps, simply a straight smooth ride, not unagreeable or somber for the most part either. An acceptance. Fantastic, Darren.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks very much, Sharon.


  6. Rita says:

    Darren, this is indescribably good. I don’t have the right words to tell you how much I love this. ❤ ❤ ❤


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