By: Ehab Shawky
Like a shredded web,
Life continues to ebb.
Tears falling in the dark,
In hearts dull and stark.
With pains so stern,
With no one to miss or yearn.
Strained by people’s cruelty,
Over-run by dark reality.
A reality full of suffering,
Full of waste and plundering.
Dragging souls over its thorns,
It laughs blowing its horns.
Doors of steel surround the premises,
Murdered feelings lie on dry clematis.
Screams unheard inside,
Sadness in all nooks abide.
Shreds of dreams pinned to its walls,
Decorating its monstrous halls,
Dangling from the ceiling,
Piercing through my heart,
Tearing it apart.
Can you hear? Can you feel?
I beg you, stop this ordeal.
Will you respond? Will you speak?
Or will matters remain so bleak?
Stop stabbing my heart without killing me;
Stop crushing my soul, I’m done, can’t you see?
I’m not asking for a chance anymore;
The end is what I’m asking for.
I hope for nothing,
I ask to stop living.
I beg you, Let me go;
Upon me, your pardon bestow.
Adrift like a feather in the wind,
Evil, I can no longer fend.
Forlorn by birth,
Labelled “The Wretched of the earth.”
I’m not tired, I’m broken.
Let my pains remain forever unspoken.
Let me return to dust,
I’m done living like rust.
Let me scatter like ash,
I can’t suffer another lash.
Let me depart, I beg you, please;
Let my departure feel like a gentle breeze.