Ravenous by Charles Lyman

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“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before….”
— Edgar Allan Poe

Nietzsche didn’t get

virtual reality, the benefit

of mirrored aviators when fighting

the demons of oneself.


monsterly while combating evil shows

a decided lack of lyrical aesthetic.  Dance

in toe shoes around the edge of the whole.

I spend

hours opposing monsters that lurk

within me.  The worst that happens

is that I build up a terrible appetite.

Appease the beast or at least get

out of his way in the kitchen.


Charles Lyman studied Fiction and Poetry (and a lot of other cool stuff) at the University of Minnesota. He teaches English in Orlando, Florida where he resides with his favorite poet and their disdainful dog. To read more of his poetic and creative writings visit –

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Charles poetry is deep and witty. Inner demons have never been opposed in a more creative manner. And hard work often builds a ravenous appetite. Better not stand in the way of a hungry beast.
    Congratulations Charles!


  2. Portofino says:

    Reblogged this on Life in Portofino and commented:
    Thank you for publishing this poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. msjadeli says:

    It’s ugly, thirsty work for sure. Wonderful poem, Charley. Congratulations on having your poem accepted.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Portofino says:

      Thank you, Jade! Speaking of thirst… it’s almost wine o’ clock.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re welcome, and Cheers!

        Liked by 1 person

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