"I don't think that being a strong person is about ignoring your emotions and fighting your feelings. Putting on a brave face doesn't mean you're a brave person. That's why everybody in my life knows everything that I'm going through. I can't hide anything from them. People need to realise that being open isn't the same as being weak."

- Taylor Swift

Thursday, May 24, 2012


I do not know
If you are a sanctuary
Or a cage

The guards are just beyond the door
But all is quiet
Between a man and his

I went on a crusade
To invade
Your deepest secrets
And darkest thoughts

But all the while
Unbeknownst to me
You laid siege
To conquer virgin territory. 

You are beautiful
In your own imperfection
You sing to me
In the tongues of the troubadors

But you would make a
Fallen angel
Of an innocent vestal 

You would break
And create a void
In something pure
And white and whole.

I was a fool to think
That nothing,
Not fire, flood, act of God
Would silence my invocation.

But there is no higher order
And no time of reckoning
That can replace

My trembling fear
And spiralling excitement
At this,
The moment of awakening.

So claim your spoils of war
With a violent kiss
Upon virgin lips.

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1 comment:

Adelaide Dupont said...


The first seven lines are brilliant.

The next three are "telling not showing".

From: "crusade to invade" onwards... (Liked the flow. Thought it had a life of its own! The middle four verses/stanzas).

Like the connections between "pure, white, whole" and "fire, flood, act of God".

The Crusades are powerful things to write about, especially the more personal ones!

Invocation: what a big idea and a powerful ceremony.