lone figure atop a cliff

A lone figure

Atop a cliff,

Silhouetted against the

Fading evening light glowing

A deep orange as the sun

Recedes beneath the sky;

Knees folded up and

Supporting the elbow,

He is the picture of

Serenity and peace.


But, can you see the tears?

The small, imperceptible

Rocking movements back and forth?

It is an odd blend of beauty

And a broken heart;

Emotions at variance with the

Canvas it is painted on.


Seemingly alone, he battles

With innumerable demons

Each plunging their

Spear at his

Already battered heart.


He screams, a drawn out, tuneless

Melody, devoid of mirth

At dissonance with nature’s philharmonic

Of chirping birds and cicadas

Renting the air and stilling

The surrounding sounds

And time stands still.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. I just love this…its so sad, and so heartfelt too. You do an amazing job capturing human emotions, and getting them to come to life within your writing..

    1. topazo says:

      wow…thanks for your kind words. isn’t it ironic that such pain can come from such beauty?

  2. PookyH says:

    Beautifully sad. I love how it is left with the last line.

  3. Nur'ayn says:

    I know how that feels…good work man.

    1. topazo says:

      you do? been through a heart break of recent?

      1. Nur'ayn says:

        Not very recently but yeah, I have. My mind had sat at the edge of a cliff before, questioning existence. It may not be the best of times but it hones one’s poetry.

        1. topazo says:

          Yes, the best of lines can come from the darkest of times

  4. Yemie says:

    This is a ‘Monsterpiece’ Doc and I especially love that first illustration with the picturesque view of the setting sun over the horizon and what looks like a body of water and mountainous ranges, plus, the silhouette of the man just sitting across from it all. Breathtaking! Nature in all its magnificent glory! Woulda been sheeer perfection but for the gloom looming all over it in the form of the broken man in this paradise. You’re just too much, Doc; and amazingly so, I submit! LMAO!

    1. topazo says:

      it is a paradox…how so much pain can come from something so beautiful as mother nature

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