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  The Promise
by Paul Williams
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Here's a little seasonal offering...

The Promise


Tis’ dark this night my love,

the wind lashes the rain

with a vengeful arrogance

and sends timbered fingers

dancing across the study

window with an accusing diction.


Tis’ dark this night my love,

the shadows hold is cold

against the dying embers of the fire.

You are my only warmth, my comfort.

Your eyes enamour, even now…

they allure and entice, catching in dying light.


I loose myself in their ocular discourse


and remember…


your beauty and grace, your

tender hands caressing my face

our pulsating bodies entwined

and the new heights we’d find.


My salacious enigma who made me slave

to her sybaritic decree

to which I willingly succumbed.


And remember…


The promise we made

to go beyond the grave,

the eternal love we swore…

that was of course

before you turned whore.


Tis’ dark this night my love,

I kept my promise

though, not as you would’ve liked.


You let green eyed Asmodeus

take me, his  talons

rending a shrivelled heart

but I kept my promise

that we’d never part.


Tis’ dark this night my love,

my heart weighs heavy

and hands are red with blood.


I just wanted to look into your eyes

once more…

before I returned the jar to the shelf

next to rest of your dismembered self.



© Paul Williams 2006
















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Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 1/5/2008
Dark a little creepy write, could stand for many things, enjoyed reading though.
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 1/1/2007
A very dark write, although I must say I do enjoy a dark one from time to time.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/26/2006
Wow! Such a chilling write, Paul. Brrr... ...very effective and most à propos and seasonal. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by S J (Reader) 10/26/2006
"The Promise" most chilling lines!
"You let green eyed Asmodeus
take me, his talons
rending a shrivelled heart
but I kept my promise
that we’d never part"
'Tis a very dark, intense poem!

Excellent writing!

Thank you,
I write dark poetry as well;-)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/26/2006
This is very dark...but I think I know where this is coming from Chuck!!

Almost as creepy as the ghost in my PC!!

Very well written Chuckie!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/26/2006
Paul ...

OK ... this was creepy and masterfully effective. Your muse on this one must have been the progeny of Steven King.

Your lines:
"My salacious enigma who made me slave
to her sybaritic decree
to which I willingly succumbed."

was stunningly effective. Very rarely does one hear or see the word "sybaritic"

A good synonym would be voluptuary, also very rarely used.

In fraternity and poetic vision ...
A great write my friend ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg

Reviewed by Antoinette Kopperfield 10/26/2006
Oh my goodness..Why did you get that photo? Great writing :)
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/26/2006
What an ending, Sparky!

PS Have you been hangin out with Andy the Ripper?!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/25/2006
Oh my! talk about horror! This was very clever Paul, you let it play out a bit then wham we could realize something wasn't right! I'm on my way to bed and will hae to play some uplifting music to get this settled on a back burner;-)...Excellent!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/25/2006

Thanks. Not the poem to read just before bedtime!!!!!!!!!!! A chiller thriller, indeed...sure to feed my nightmare factory and make it work overtime. THANKS. (Well done, by the way, but BRRRRRRRRRR!)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Dawn Field 10/25/2006
An extremly dark write but well written ~D~
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 10/25/2006
TALKING OF SUCH KB SAYS YES AND WHEN...I'll find you a lover from the dungeons yet my northern softy..
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 10/25/2006
Quote the Raven, Never more.
Dark one, this!
God Bless,
Reviewed by Tactfully Naive 10/25/2006
Echoes of Edgar Allan Poe - taut imagery, made my shoulders tense reading it, hence the psychsomatic impact of this dark poem.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 10/25/2006
A pickaroon, comparable to a scythe, you GRIM REAPER, you, What's in the stew? Bloody stumps no taller'n a Mason jar be left standing, chopped the ho, visit your blacksmith, Paul, a twelve-inch broadax to cut Samhain ties, steel-toe boots and codpiece intact, no lost toes or Doncaster's Pilaster to a stray stroke of the you have to watch out for Killer Kate...

Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 10/25/2006
Echoes of Browning's Porphyria’s Lover’s, but more modern in rendition. Excellent and well done. Victor
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/25/2006
Seasonal, maybe, but its impact will haunt for a lifetime... I have NEVER forgotten that image which I just know you have posted here before. Superb tension here and so icily real in the deep psychologies of relationships somewhere - those that "loved til death" and those that "loved in vain". And, tonight, here in England WHOLE FACE TRANSPLANTS?????!!!! I don't think this woman's face, though I have never seen it, will ever disappear from the power of this pen... In other words, STORMING!!!!!!! You are in your genre here, Dr Jekyl, and no mistake... LOL Kowering Kate xx
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/25/2006
OMG,Well done
Reviewed by Peter Paton 10/25/2006

A gripping and terrifying seasonal offering..
I am glad this is fiction..;-)


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  9. an aging man still searching...
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