The Noose


Limbo visited again

when I least

expected it

I planned

other things,

possibility called, from

down that road,

and I considered it

turned and glanced straight at it


your tethering

ensnared me

once again

I snarl-

feel the

breath slip,

I labor

to be free-

resist the



my neck-

I submit

once more

to madness

awaiting further punishment-

or release,

yet I will

never surrender

my will


your noose.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shanyns
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 12:58:52

    Whoa this is VERY good.


  2. The Drugstore Notebook
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 15:11:37

    Form and function collide and work as one here. Nicely done!


  3. brian miller
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 15:25:57

    oy. nice intensity…and submitting our will to another…or god…is def not as easy as it is said…truly putting every decision under them….


  4. MarinaSofia
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 15:47:02

    Limbo visited again when I least expected it… what a fantastic opening to a poem which makes one think and want to read again! And again.


  5. amberglowsofaslowburn
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 15:54:19

    This feels so very familiar to me! Wow, the struggle really came through in your words. I love the sense of prevalence.


  6. Buddah Moskowitz
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 15:59:05

    Excellent! Very compelling. Great opening lines.


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 16:05:50

    Dawn… I am so glad you resist that noose… to be controlled by anyone else… niceely expressed… Love how you tied it to the citation at the end.


  8. claudia
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 16:08:38

    oh it can be tough sometimes – but so glad you resisted… tight emotions in this


  9. Alex Dissing
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 16:39:31

    Never surrender yourself to something or someone trying to control you. This was powerful.


  10. freyathewriter
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 17:08:08

    Very strong, wonderfully powerful. I’m glad you were able to resist.


  11. Mary
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 17:33:45

    Strong poem here! Yup, never surrender your will to ANYONE’S noose!!


  12. Grace
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 18:29:06

    I felt the menace in the end ~ Good for your strong will to never surrender to someone else noose ~


  13. Colleen@LooseLeafNotes
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 20:03:39

    Limbo and noose are such powerful words on their own. The snarl and the slip were felt.


  14. kelly
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 20:35:24

    I felt this one… Viscerally. Perhaps it’s February…its very own form of limbo. Really strong.


  15. Gay Reiser Cannon
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 22:46:44

    Classic references – but the ambiguity could take this to a number of interpretations. I’m sure we all felt it in our own way.


  16. katiemiafrederick
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 23:44:50

    oh..lord i lived in limbo for over 60 months..24 of which..brought a noose of chain..of end a loving life..with love..
    But will wins out..never ever never ever giving up..
    past pain..past faith..past hope..past emotion..
    is WAY
    ALL it
    to eventuALLY live..
    continuing to survive..


  17. Tresta @ Sharp Paynes
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 10:04:00

    God is for us. Who could even think of being against us? Great fighting words, Dawn.


  18. Tresta
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 10:10:38

    God is for you. Who can be against you? Great fighting words, Dawn.


  19. Tina Downey
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 15:20:24

    I wrote about spiritual struggle today too. It’s nice to know that God will never let us go, or let anything separate us from Him. It’s remembering that in the midst of a tough trial that’s the key…but you found it!
    Tina @ Life is Good


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