Burning the Nail Poetry Challenge – Poet: Mari Wells

Welcome, one and all, to a challenge catered to inspire the poet’s heart in each of us.  A poem, any length and style, to be written about the chosen theme: Burning the Nail. So, what the heck does that mean? That is where the fun begins.Red hot nails

 

Thank you everyone that participated in our poetry challenge.  The submissions were amazingly diverse and deep, taking our theme in so many different ways. We are in awe of all of you.  We thought that perhaps it was time to give everyone a peek behind the curtain and tell you the story behind BURNING THE NAIL.  So, what does it actually mean? We have no idea.  Sheila’s youngest child came up with it.  It was a favorite lyric substitution to many different songs from lullabies to heavy metal.

“I think I heard it sung for a least a week straight, both whispered quietly while playing to singing loudly with the radio in the car.  The more I heard it, the more it called to me.  What could this really mean? ”

So, now you know the truth. The words of a child; molded and shaped into a series of incredible works of poetry.  Isn’t it amazing what such a simple phrase can be transformed into?

Eternally Grateful,

Sheila Hall and Robert Zimmermann 

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My Own Nails
by Mari Wells

My hands are bound
I watch him heat nails
Blood red from fire
My hands are bound

Deep into the ground
I hammered nails of iron
Protection from evil
Deep into the ground

Are these the same
Has he removed them
Released them of their duty
Are these the same

I’m gagged
Pierced and burned
Screams muffled
I’m gagged

My own nails
Rip through my skin
Sear my flesh
My own nails

Blood flowing
Punishment
Torture
Blood flowing

Payment
For years of assistance
For mass paranoia
Payment

Jail
Trial
Sentenced
Death

Death greets me
Like the nails
Deep into the ground
Death greets me

Death greets me
My Blood flowing
Released from duty
Death greets me

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Mari Wells

Mari Wells loves writing about the paranormal. When she’s not writing about witches or vampires, she’s working at www.TheDarkerHalf.com

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