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Cracks so long observed finally fissured
frenzied explosions suck your world toward the black hole
Beneath you, rock shatters, is gone;
poisonous vacuum.
Now spread those wings.

Look around: your world fragmented,
planet earth destroyed, unsupporting space surrounds you.
The black hole implores, wrenching your heart.
Event horizon debris, statuesque, confuses
gravity with self-loathing.
Now you see it, spread those wings.

One step, your first, and your wings unfurl.
The black hole is passing, its event horizon diminishing.
From fading backdrops of destruction You fly to fresher space,
Stronger and braver,
into new worlds that will all be yours.

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    Neville Hunt 2 months ago

    Wow! This is deep and meaningful, Drew. Your tag helps a lot and on second and third reading I get the references and understand the depths of negative stuff associated with, say, deep and unshakeable depression. But I like the optimism of the final verse. But what do I know about the price of coal?

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    Neville Hunt 2 months ago

    Btw, found your short story on Seren Books. A great story, which I do recall in drabble format, but can’t remember the story series title. It’s wonderfully gritty and dark, but ends in probably the only way it can. Very well done Drew. You must be pretty chuffed with yourself... deservedly so! Maybe time for a short story anthology? I’m told short stories are gaining popularity...

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    Drew Martyn 2 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Neville. Yes, I'm well chuffed. There are other series on here I'd like to turn into short stories - Roylsden is one, but as soon as I start to do something about it, I get the urge to write another Roylsden drabble. That was one of the reasons I decided to go with fantasy as my new series - something entirely different from anything I've written before (and I've not really read much fantasy either, so it's bloody hard haha!!)
    Glad you enjoyed "Purging" though (as it were, ooer missus!).

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    Christopher 2 months ago

    Wonderful, Drew. My two cents is that it put me in mind of a chrysalis and the metamorphosis of a butterfly.

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    Drew Martyn 2 months ago

    A lovely image, Christopher, and effectively what it is :)

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