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.
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?
Sheila Hall and Robert Zimmermann
Burning The Nail
Darkness reins, inside me now.
Takes over my heart, it makes me bow.
Controlling me, and all that I do.
Using me, to come after you.
Pushing me toward you, making me lie.
Making you trust me, and I won’t deny…
The power I feel, makes me feel alive!
Manipulating your thoughts, ruining your life.
I’m close to achieving the ultimate goal.
To capture and sacrifice you little soul.
But something inside me, knows it’s not right.
A fire grows in me, tells me to fight!
Ready to combat the evil within.
Refusing to slaughter my beautiful friends.
A battle errupts, war has been waged.
I have to stand strong, on this final stage.
He hammers sin inside you, and hopes that you fail.
I lift you with faith, while burning the nail.
Just ordinary in life, poet in spirit. I write what I feel…Texan for life.