2014 Poetry Theme Challenge

#a13 Vengeance Served Cold




As poets we often get caught in the power of love and beautiful aspects of life and nature. This challenge is set to encourage the darker aspects of creativity. It is quite natural to want revenge when we get hurt but more often than not we don't go after it. So for this challenge wants you to express that anger, that deep hurt and ultimately the act of vengeance itself.


Quote - Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence - Vittorio Alfieri


Hatred and Vengeance, My Eternal Portion

Hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion,
Scarce can endure delay of execution,
Wait, with impatient readiness, to seize my
...............Soul in a moment.

Damned below Judas: more abhorred than he was,
Who for a few pence sold his holy master.
Twice betrayed, Jesus me, the last delinquent,
...............Deems the profanest.

Man disavows, and Deity disowns me:
Hell might afford my miseries a shelter;
Therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all
...............Bolted against me.

Hard lot! encompassed with a thousand dangers;
Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors,
I'm called, if vanquished, to receive a sentence
...............Worse than Abiram's.

Him the vindictive rod of angry justice
Sent quick and howling to the centre headlong;
I, fed with judgment, in a fleshly tomb, am
...............Buried above ground.


William Cowper



Vengeance Served Cold



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