Memories of you cling to me like rain on a window

Muddied by the dust of days in a purity lost

Refracting my life into the colors of the rainbow


You speak to me in whispers when all alone

An unwelcome spirit seeking solaced refuge

Finding its home within my lovesick bones


Like a long, dull ache that will not subside

You are a constant reminder of where it hurts

The ugly scar that shows how hard we tried


You linger like a wisp of acrid smoke now born

In the extinguishing of a once ferocious flame

That can sting tears to the eyes of the forlorn


You reside like a bad tattoo from the best of days

A permanent mark sunk deep into the skin

Where time can turn bright colors into all grey


A vow made to her who sits on queenly throne

As sacred words become the long crusade

And pulls the knight from the safety of home


There is something that can never be let go

A stain that cannot be washed away

With some purpose that I do not know


17 Responses to “Stained”
  1. yassy says:

    Your best ever .. sensational spectacular..

  2. beth says:

    wonderful, and the lesson is what was gained and remains when all else is gone

  3. Jim Borden says:

    not all pain and bruises are physical…

  4. Wonderful work and a great ending my friend!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Wonderful imagery with this one, Brad. I feel your pain.

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    This is such a touching poem about the remembrance of a love and the heartache one can feel. So beautifully written Brad. I still dream about my first love. He died about a week after we moved to NC. I felt like we never had closure and I did want to see him. It was not because I loved him any more for I love my husband completely. However your poem made me think of him. He was an important part of a very difficult time in my life (teenage years at home) sending my love and hugs from a beautiful day in NC

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Yes and your beautiful poem brought that to my mind. Thinking of you this holiday season. I hope you have some family around. Sending love, hugs and peace. God’s blessings to you my friend. 🎄🤗🥰Jonikins

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